Connecticut coronavirus update: Vaccine eligibility expands to age 16 and up

Connecticut coronavirus update
CONNECTICUT (WABC) -- Connecticut expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone ages 16 and up on Thursday, though the state will continue giving priority access to medically high-risk patients.

Officials are opening additional vaccine sites at pharmacies as well as providing time for high school seniors to get their shots.

"Makes it a lot easier, especially because they're opening it to just the seniors," one student told Eyewitness News. "Because a lot of colleges are going to start requiring it soon."

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To schedule an appointment, Connecticut residents are encouraged to visit the state's website and enter their zip code in the space provided. Those without access to the internet can call Connecticut's Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224.

Individuals who are 16 and 17 years old are also being reminded that they should only sign up for a clinic that is offering the Pfizer vaccine, since that's the only vaccine that is currently approved for those ages by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"It opens the opportunity to have a safer prom, so that our seniors can really have an outstanding end to the year," Norwalk Schools Superintendent Alexandra Estrella said. "Especially because this year has been such a challenge."

Connecticut is currently ranked second in the nation in percentage of population that has received at least one dose.

"Connecticut's healthcare providers have been doing a tremendous job getting the vaccine to our residents, and the reason why our state is among the most vaccinated in the country is because of the remarkable work they have been doing," Governor Ned Lamont said.

Lamont also announced that more than 100 additional pharmacies throughout the state will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines over the next several days, adding to the growing list of locations where the state's residents can be vaccinated.

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