COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin in Connecticut

Close-up medical syringe with a vaccine.

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Yale New Haven Hospital shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday.  Five hospital staff members will receive the first doses on Tuesday afternoon.  Connecticut is currently working with a broad range of healthcare institutions to serve as vaccine providers, and to evaluate several factors like storage capacity.

Anticipated Vaccine Phases in CT:

December 2020: Health Care Workers, Medical First Responders, and Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities.

January-May 2021: Critical Workforce, Adults over 65, High-Risk Individuals under 65, Other Congregate Settings

June-December 2021: Those Under 18, Remaining People Over 18

*Clinical trials that include most children are just beginning.  The Pfizer vaccine has only been approved for people ages 16 and up. They may be added later once the trials are completed and an application is submitted to the FDA. 

Health professionals and state officials recommend that everyone be prepared to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is appropriate and available to them.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated that we will need to continue wearing masks and social distancing until we reach 75-80% vaccination rate nationwide, which is projected to be the 4th quarter of 2021.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information

CDC Vaccine Safety Program

State of Connecticut COVID-19 Response: Vaccinations

NPR: Dr. Fauci on COVID Vaccine