COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Ages 16+ Eligible Starting April 5th

March 15, 2021 3:39 pm Published by

After originally prioritizing vaccine distribution based on age, Governor Lamont has indicated that the amount of vaccine that the state is getting from the Federal government is allowing the state to move forward more quickly with distribution.

As of new guidance released today, the Lamont administration says that all residents between the ages of 45-54 will be eligible to start making vaccine appointments on Friday of this week. The remainder of the population that are 16 years old or older will be eligible to begin making appointments on April 5th.

That the vaccine distribution has moved faster is a direct result of increased supply being offered by the federal government. The state is receiving 131,000 doses this week, 141,000 next week, and then 178,000 and 195,000 in the weeks that follow. This will allow many more of Connecticut’s residents to get vaccinated much sooner then was originally planned.

Currently nearly 15% of the entire Connecticut population has been fully vaccinated and that number continues to climb each and every day.

As of Friday an additional 477,000 residents will become eligible to get vaccinated. The Lamont administration expects that only about 60% of those aged 45-54 will be getting a shot in this period because many already work in sectors that had been previously prioritized. When enrollment opens on April 5th, an additional 1.3 million residents will become eligible to be vaccinated.