Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Connecticut veterans can be vaccinated without appointment

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Connecticut's senior senator will be on hand when the state opens a vaccination site dedicated to veterans and their spouses and caregivers Sunday.

Senator Richard Blumenthal has consistently urged veterans to get vaccinated.

These vaccinations will be given at The Connecticut State Veterans Home and hospital in Rocky Hill beginning at 10 a.m.

And for vets and their spouses and caregivers, no appointment is necessary.

Previously, only those veterans who were enrolled in the VA Health System could receive a COVID vaccine.

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A model from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation's (IHME) predicts about 618,523 people will have died from coronavirus in the US by August 1. If 95% of the US population wore masks, the projection drops to 604,413 deaths.

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