Vaccinations continue across Connecticut with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting Friday a total of 1,421,045 doses have been distributed to the state and 1,121,517 doses have been administered.
So far, about 22.2% of Connecticut’s population has received at least one vaccine dose and 8.9% are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
In Connecticut right now, COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups are currently open to individuals 55 and older, healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents, medical first responders, and residents and staff of select congregate settings.
In addition to age-based eligibility, school staff and teachers pre-kindergarten through grade 12, along with professional childcare providers and school bus drivers are now eligible to receive the vaccine, but are urged to wait for dedicated clinics speficially set up for those workers.
Going forward, vaccines will roll out to more Connecticut residents on an aged-based schedule.
- March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
- April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
- May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34
As of March 1, state officials report significant racial disparities in Connecticut’s vaccine rollout.
Officials with the state Department of Public Health report white people are more than two times as likely as Black and Hispanic people to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.
But the data come with caveats. State officials report more than 113,000 people age sixteen and older who are classified as “Other Race,” “Multiple Race,” or “Unknown.” That indicates “coverage of these groups is likely underestimated and should be interpreted with caution,” according to the DPH.
Meanwhile, state public health officials report 428 people hospitalized with COVID-19.
Connecticut’s COVID-19 hospitalization numbers have shown declining trend in recent weeks.
On Dec, 14, the state’s coronavirus hospitalizations reached a winter peak of 1,269 people, according to data from the state Department of Public Health. During Connecticut’s spring peak last year in April, almost 2,000 people were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals.
Currently, state public health officials say 103 of Connecticut’s 169 towns are now at the highest alert level for COVID-19. That’s a decrease from the previous week’s total of 116 towns.
According to the state Department of Public Health, the map does not include cases among people who reside in nursing homes, assisted living centers or correctional facilities.
This post was updated on Friday, March 5, at 6:14 p.m. ET to reflect the most recently released data from the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.