Vaccine Update- 12/10
Lots of information is being made available very quickly regarding distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Here is a quick summary of the latest information from Ct.gov…
- Preparations are well underway for the planned distribution of two COVID-19 vaccines, one from Pzifer released today, 12/10, and one from Moderna, expected to release 12/17.
- The goal is for all CT residents to have access to a vaccine with likely timing to take through the summer of 2021
The anticipated phases of vaccine distribution in the State of Connecticut are:
|As soon as vaccine is received||January-May||June-December|
Long-Term Care Facility Residents
Medical First Responders
Other Congregate Settings
Adults Over 65
High Risk Individuals Under 65
|Those Under 18
Remaining People Over 18
While supply of the vaccine will be limited initially, the state hopes to vaccinate vulnerable populations and critical workforce members quickly. The first phase of Connecticut’s vaccination will reach healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities.
Health care personnel are defined as paid and unpaid people serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.
Long-term care facility residents are defined as adults who reside in facilities that provide a variety of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently.
The vaccine will start to become available quickly after Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) are in place, and weekly shipments are expected to follow. CT expects to receive roughly 180,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of 2020.
We are expecting Phase 1a to begin in December of 2020, as soon as EUAs are approved.
We expect Phase 1b to begin in the first quarter of 2021 – hopefully as soon as January, depending upon the supply of vaccine. There may be some overlap between phases as new populations are made eligible even as groups in the first phase continue to receive the vaccination.
Allume has taken the necessary steps to get our team on the list to be vaccinated.
- Phase 1A- First to Receive Vaccine- Following the CDC guidelines, Connecticut’s vaccine distribution plan Phase 1A will include:
- Healthcare workers- 204,000 healthcare workers will be among the first to receive the vaccine. (This will include workers in long-term care facilities).
- Nursing Home Residents- 22,000 nursing home residents who are most at risk for serious outcomes and death will receive the vaccine in the initial distribution.
- Medical First Responders- 6,000 medical first responders will also be part of Phase 1A.
- Vaccine Distribution- The governor reported that the following vaccine distribution timeline will be implemented for Phase 1A, which is subject to change. This timeline is set forth below.
- Phase 1B- The Second Cohort to Receive Vaccines- The second group in Phase 1B, include:
- Critical Workforce
- Other Congregate Settings
- Adults 65+
- High risk under 65
- Phase 2- The Last Cohort to Receive Vaccines- The third group in Phase 2, include:
- Under 18
- Remaining residents over 18.
- Vaccine Distribution Logistics- Acting Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford reported that the federal government will be handling the delivery logistics to state designated locations and partner organizations like CVS and Walgreens.
- The state will direct the federal partners where such vaccines should be shipped and control the logistics from that point forward.
- Cost of Vaccine Distribution- In response to a question, the governor replied that the federal government is handling the purchasing and distribution to state entities. There are a lot of different components to the logistical process, which make estimating the total cost to the state difficult at this time.
- The vaccines will be available to everyone free of cost.
- Vaccinators will be able to bill insurance for healthcare administration costs.