Conn. to base vaccine eligibility on age; ages 55 to 64, teachers eligible March 1: Lamont

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HARTFORD, CT (1010 WINS) -- Connecticut will start expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility by age over the next few months, with residents ages 55 to 64 set to become eligible on March 1, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday.

The state released the following timeline for vaccine eligibility in a press release:

• March 1, 2021: Eligibility expands to age group 55 to 64
• March 22, 2021: Eligibility expands to age group 45 to 54
• April 12, 2021: Eligibility expands to age group 35 to 44
• May 3, 2021: Eligibility expands to age group 16 to 34

Connecticut will also expand eligibility to all preK-12 school staff and teachers — as well as professional childcare providers — in March, “at dedicated clinics that will be set up specifically for those sectors,” the release said.

“In a perfect world, we would have enough doses of the vaccine to get it to all 3.6 million people in Connecticut right now, however each state is being given a very limited supply, which is why we must take this phased approach,” Lamont said in a statement.

“My goal is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, and I believe this is the best path to meeting that challenge,” he added. “Age is one of the strongest factors contributing to COVID-19 deaths, with 96 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Connecticut occurring in people over the age of 55.”

The new timeline “allows everyone in the state, including essential workers and those with chronic conditions, to know when they will be able to schedule an appointment,” the release said.

Connecticut residents between the ages of 55 and 64 will be able to start scheduling appointments on March 1. Residents can visit ct.gov/covidvaccine to find vaccination clinics, the release noted.

The state’s health department is working with vaccine providers “to ensure that vaccines are administered to people living in the highest-risk communities in proportion to their population,” Lamont noted.