Connecticut began vaccinations for COVID-19 in mid-December with what is called Phase 1a, which is expected to run through sometime in January.
According to the state's vaccination website, the following groups are eligible for vaccination in Phase 1a:
- Healthcare Personnel: All paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients of infectious materials.
- Long Term Care Facility Residents: Adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently.
- First Responders at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their response to medical emergencies such as Emergency Medical Technicians, Police, and Fire.
Not included in Phase 1a are health care workers who do not come into contact with patients or infectious materials, such as telehealth service providers.
More detailed vaccine eligibility information
Eligible in Phase 1a:
- Doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare providers seeing patients
- Licensed pharmacists and registered pharmacy technicians working on site in pharmacies
- Custodial, dietary, administrative & support staff working in patient care settings
- First responders (police, fire, EMS) if actively responding to medical 911 calls or involved in care for COVID cases
- School nurses
- Home health providers, homemaker companions, PCAs
- Long term care facility residents
- Dentists, dental hygienists, and other oral health staff
- Laboratory staff
- Students doing clinical rotations
- Death care workers entering healthcare settings, homes, or with exposure to decedents
Phase 1a eligible individuals in health care should talk to their organization leadership to get details on how to access the vaccine.