Governor Lamont announced today that he is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, based almost entirely on age.
Here are the age groups, and the date on which they can schedule an appointment:
- Ages 55 to 64: March 1
- Ages 45 to 54: March 22
- Ages 35 to 44: April 12
- Ages 16 to 34: May 3.
In addition, preK to grade 12 teachers and staff, and professional childcare providers, can receive the vaccine in March, at clinics set up especially for them.
Lamont said that this was the least complex and confusing scenario for vaccination, and one that would not exacerbate inequities in distribution. He said he is working with the state Department of Public Health to ensure that vaccines will go to people in the highest-risk communities.
Healthcare providers and medical first responders were included in the first group of recipients, followed by those 75 and over, and then 65 and over.
Not included in the rollout: people who underlying medical conditions, and those considered “essential workers” in other states, like transportation, grocery and agricultural workers.
Lamont’s decision drew a quick response from one “06880” reader. He says:
As a 33-year-old living with type 1 diabetes, I feel left out to dry after multiple reassurances from the governor about vaccination efforts for people with pre- existing conditions.
My timeline is in May, with the largest and youngest bracket. People need to ask why people with pre-existing conditions (who are at the most risk) are being delayed for arbitrary age brackets. Did the governor and his team just assume that most of these conditions will be “mostly” covered in the elderly age brackets?
People living with these conditions have put their lives on hold. Some of us were just told our lives don’t matter because of age.
For more information on Connecticut’s COVID vaccination plan — including how to schedule an appointment — click here.