COVID-19 Vaccination Update ~ January 14, 2021
This morning, the North Central District Health Department held a meeting regarding current COVID-19 vaccination guidance as provided by the State of Connecticut. First Selectwoman Mack and Emergency Management Director Spencer attended and provide the key takeaways below. In addition, this press release was issued today: Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Residents Over 75 Can Now Register for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments as State Transitions To Phase 1b. Irregardless of the vaccinations, the wearing of face masks, social distancing, hand washing and avoiding large gatherings continue to be strongly encouraged.
Notably, 100% of Suffield's medical first responders (Ambulance and Police) have already either received their first vaccine dose (and in some cases second) or have scheduled an appointment to do so.
Jan. 14, 2021 NCDHD Key Vaccine Takeaways:
- Patience will be essential during the vaccine roll out.
- Vaccine supply is limited. Phase 1b includes 1.3 million Connecticut residents and demand will far outpace supply. Connecticut only receives 46,000 doses per week at this time and it is unknown when that allotment will increase. First Selectwoman Mack continues to advocate with the NCDHD for vaccine distribution equity between towns.
- Information is changing rapidly. Official verified updates/new information from the state will be shared with the community when received.
- Vaccination Guidelines from the State of Connecticut are available at COVID-19 Vaccinations.
- Community Vaccination Clinics are not currently being offered by the NCDHD. First Selectwoman Mack expressed Suffield's desire to be included when the clinics are offered. However, eligible residents may travel to any of the clinics which are displayed as part of the registration process. The Senior Center Minibus can accommodate some transportation to clinics with advance notice. To schedule call (860) 668-3844.
- Residents 75+ can register NOW for the vaccine.
- For more information go to: COVID-19 Vaccinations - 75 years and older
- To register use this link: 75+ Register Now
Residents aged 75+ who have not been contacted directly by their medical provider should NOT contact them. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE WITH THE LINK ABOVE.
- For those without internet access, call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224.
- Phase 1b includes educators and some staff. The Suffield Public Schools manages its vaccination plan and stands at the ready.
- Phase 1b vaccine distribution and prioritization, per press release and CT website links above, will be phased in with 75+ first and the remaining groups decided with "a focus on addressing issues of equity and risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19."
- Currently Scheduling
- Individuals 75 years of and older
- Scheduling Soon:
- Front line essential workers
- Individuals between the ages of 65 and 74
- Individuals between the ages of 16 and 64 with comorbidities
- Individuals and staff in congregate settings
- Currently Scheduling
- Phase 1b Essential Workers include:
- Healthcare personnel not included in Phase 1a
- First responders (non-medical, namely firefighters)
- Agricultural workers, including farmworkers
- Food service and restaurants
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Grocery store & pharmacy workers
- Food banks and meal delivery services for elderly
- Education and child-care workers
- Solid waste and wastewater workers
- Inspectors working on site in above locations
- Frontline public and social service
- Staggering of second dose recommended due to more pronounced symptoms reported.