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

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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…continue reading

Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins

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Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved the new Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Along with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines this is the third vaccine that will be made available to Connecticut residents. This is great news, but there are some things you need to know about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that are different then the other two that have already started rolling out in the state. The vaccine only requires one dose. The vaccine does not need to be stored in sub-zero temperatures. The efficacy of the vaccine is 72% in the United States trials The vaccine was 100% effective in limiting serious illness or hospitalization from the virus Health officials are encouraging all adults who are eligible for the vaccine to make an appointment and get vaccinated. If you are eligible you can schedule your vaccine appointment here. If you’re…continue reading

COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline Released By Governor Lamont

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Until now there have been significant restrictions on who could be vaccinated against the Coronavirus here in Connecticut. Until now the age restriction was for those 65 years and older and first responders/health care workers. That is about to change. On Monday, Governor Lamont released the latest information on who will be receiving vaccinations and when. The following categories of people will be eligible; March 1st, 2021 – Ages 55-64 March 22nd, 2021 – Ages 45-54 April 12th, 2021 – Ages 35-44 May 3rd, 2021 – Ages 16-34 This aggressive timeline has been set forth by the Governor so that some of the guessing that has surrounded the vaccine rollout can be eliminated and now there is clear guidance on who will get the vaccinations and when. Another item of note in the Governor’s announcement was that teachers and other early childhood educators will be prioritized and will be eligible…continue reading

Three Telling Heart Health Statistics You Should Be Aware Of

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We continue to raise awareness for heart health during #HeartHealthMonth and in that light we are going to highlight some statistics. Why is it important to understand statistics? For one, statistics help guide public health officials in making decisions on things such as health resources, awareness campaigns, and where the largest problem exists. Secondly, statistics help the general public understand how prevalent a particular issue is and who is most likely to come in contact with the issue. This will help guide personal health decisions. With that in mind, here are some heart disease statistics to keep in mind from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Heart disease is the leading cause of death in ALL groups in the United States. Every 36 seconds another person dies from cardiovascular disease. 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States can be tied to heart disease. 805,000 Americans…continue reading

Promising News From Johnson & Johnson on One Shot COVID-19 Vaccine

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While vaccines for COVID-19 are being administered throughout Connecticut and the rest of the U.S. more companies have vaccines in trials and are looking for Emergency Use Authorization from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC.) Johnson & Johnson is one of those companies. The vaccine, which is in Phase III trials globally has been shown to be 66% effective, but importantly is also 85% effective against serious disease and hospitalization. One of the things that sets this vaccine apart from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines which have been proven to be 95% effective against the disease is that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is only one shot and does not have as many challenging handling instructions, for instance it does not need to be stored at freezing cold temperatures. According to the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine shows promising results and could ease…continue reading

Welcome To Heart Health Month

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You already know that entering into February we’re feeling the love. Of course, as Valentine’s Day approaches we want to wish you all love and happiness. Having love in your life is one of the best things you can do for your health, whether it be family, friends, neighbors, or a spouse, feeling the love can motivate your mind and body to be a healthier you. This Heart Health Month we will look at various ways you can show the love to your body and keep your heart healthy. To start, here are some small things you can do in your daily routine that can drastically improve your heart health; Exercise. One of the best things you can do for your heart is to start on an exercise regimen. Start small and don’t overexert yourself. Before you begin any new exercise routine you’ll want to consult a medical provider. Improve…continue reading