Connecticut expects to begin vaccinations next week for residents 75 years and older

HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Senior citizens 75 years and older in Connecticut will soon be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Gov. Ned Lamont said the group represents 5% of the state's population, but account for 60% of COVID fatalities.

Vaccines will be administered by appointment only.

Lamont said some people will get a phone call from a hospital or doctor, while others will be able to schedule an appointment online or by phone, starting Thursday. Details will be released in the coming days.

Vaccinations are expected to start next week.

Meanwhile, there is still a push to vaccinate frontline health care workers.

"Some of the nurses have still been a little bit hesitant," Lamont said. "Here's your chance. Schedule your appointment now. Stay at the front of the line. What a difference that could make because we're beginning the transition to the next group of people."

Eventually, Connecticut will move to administering the vaccine to essential workers, people in prisons, group homes, and homeless shelters.

Mega vaccination sites will also be set up in the coming weeks, including at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Lamont reported Monday that the state's weekly positivity rate was 7%, the highest it's been during the second wave of the pandemic.