Governor Lamont COVID-19 and Vaccine Update- 3/29/2021
Governor Lamont held a press conference on March 29, 2021, on the state’s response efforts to COVID-19. The Governor was joined by Chief of Staff Paul Mounds, Chief Operating Officer Josh Geballe, The Department of Children and Families Commissioner Vanessa Dorantes, and the Commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Beth Bye.
COVID-19 Metrics: There are currently 498 hospitalizations, the most the state has seen in a month. The positivity rate sits at 3.53% and there have been 7,883 COVID-related fatalities.
Vaccine Update: A total of 1,828,260 vaccines have been administered and 684,200 individuals have been fully vaccinated.
We have provided a breakdown by age:
- 80% of those 65+ have been vaccinated.
- 61% of those 55-64 have been vaccinated.
- 28% of those 45-54 have been vaccinated.
- 41% of all adults 16+ have been vaccinated.
Vaccinations will be available to everyone over the age of 16 starting Thursday, April 1st. Priority access will be given for those who are at high risk with the following conditions:
- Sickle Cell Disease.
- End-stage renal disease on dialysis.
- Active cancer treatment.
- Solids organ transplant.
- Down syndrome.
- All patients of Connecticut’s Children’s and Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.
- Intellectual and Development Disabilities.
- A total of twenty clinics will be available to provide vaccines to this population, beginning Friday there will be two clinics open.
Vaccinating Students: Colleges and Universities will begin vaccinating their students with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in early May. Beginning April 19 alliance school districts will begin vaccinating students in High Schools, all other districts will have the opportunity to begin in May.
Historic Investments in Child Care: The Governor has announced $210M in funding for child care services. They will be expanding access for parents during education and workforce development, providing financial support for child care businesses and workers who were hit hard by the pandemic. As well as investments in quality and safety, in addition, to waiving the fees for over 15,000 families throughout 2021 who are making $60,000 or less.
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