Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani held a news conference Monday to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Connecticut.
They encouraged vaccinations for people who are eligible, including younger age groups that have recently been approved, to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
While it’s summer and people are enjoying time outdoors now, Juthani said Fall and the school year are not too far away.
“So there are a few key things I want people to remember. First of all, we’ve got about 50 percent of our children who are 5 to 11 years old currently vaccinated,” she said.
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However, that might be a long time ago, and everyone, from 5 years through adulthood are eligible for a booster shot, she said.
“We’re going into our first school season without a mask mandate in place and we’re able to do that because we have these tools at our disposal, specifically vaccines for the entire school-age age group,” she said.
State officials are also urging adults to get vaccinated and urged everyone to get up to date with what they are eligible for.
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"If you are over 50 and haven't gotten vaccinated this calendar year, 2022, go get vaccinated," Lamont said.
Juthani said the BA.4 and 5 subvariants have gone up and are the majority of the cases health officials are seeing now. She added that there is also a slight uptick in hospitizations.