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Officials in West Hartford, Bloomfield Continue to Vaccinate First Responders for COVID-19

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Cities and towns across Connecticut are preparing to administer COVID-19 vaccinations and officials in Bloomfield, West Hartford and New Haven are holding news conferences on Monday about their plans.

On Monday, the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District held a news conference on how the health district is preparing to begin vaccinations for emergency medical personnel and first responders. 

The clinic received 500 Moderna vaccines last Wednesday and first responders began getting vaccinated on Thursday, officials said.

The clinic is continuing to vaccinate first responders today and additional clinics are scheduled for this week and into next week, they added.

Those at the highest risk of getting COVID-19 are nursing home residents and front line workers, according to Lt. Susan Bysiewicz, and she is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated when possible.

In time, officials said the clinic is ready to serve the entire community.

At 2 p.m., New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker will join City Health Director Maritza Bond, Bysiewicz, New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes and Fire Chief John Alston, Jr. to launch the first phase of a four-part mass COVID-19 immunization campaign in the city.

Bond, Alston and the New Haven Director of Public Health Nursing Jennifer Vazquez will be among the first responders and health care professionals receiving vaccinations at the news conference.

Dr. Darnell Young, a dentist and member of the New Haven Board of Health; and Dr. Tamiko Jackson, a pediatrician and member of the New Haven Board of Education, will also receive vaccinations.  

The mayor’s office said the exact COVID-19 vaccination timeline has yet to be determined, but officials anticipate the vaccine will be available to the general public by the end of this summer.

Bond will provide details about where residents can access facts about the vaccines, get their questions answered, and how to make an appointment to be vaccinated when they become eligible. 

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