The next phase of coronavirus vaccination distribution will begin at the end of the month and the CDC has announced who will be eligible to receive the shot.
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has set out the rules for the next phase – dubbed Tier B1 – which prioritizes persons age 75 and over, residents of congregate settings, and frontline essential workers.
Frontline essential workers include first responders, teachers, grocery store and public transport employees, mail carriers, as well as agriculture and farm manufacturing workers.
“With the supply of vaccine being distributed globally, there is not a sufficient supply for each individual at this time which has necessitated the federal government, and governments throughout the world, to establish priority groups,” Durham Director of Health Christopher Hansen said in a released statement.
Individuals in Phase B1 will have access to information regarding scheduling a vaccination in about a week, said Hansen.
Currently, Connecticut is still in phase 1A, which means that long-term care facility residents, health care workers, and hospital employees all have access to the vaccines.
“The goal is to increase the number of health care providers who can receive and administer the vaccine as the supply of vaccine increases and more members of the public are eligible for the vaccine,” Hansen said.
Hansen added that the vaccines are expected to be available at the regular vaccination spots, such as pharmacies, doctors’ offices, community and local health clinics, and through other providers.
As of Saturday, more than 2 percent of Connecticut’s population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with a total of approximately 116,277 shots administered since the rollout began last month.
CDC recommends that Phase 1C include people ages 65 to 74, those 16 to 64 years of age with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers not included in the first two phases. Phase 1C is expected to commence in mid- to late-spring.