CT COVID-19 Vaccine: Phases and Eligibility
Current Phases of COVID-19 Vaccination
Healthcare Personnel: All paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients of infectious materials. Healthcare personnel should contact their Employer Coordinator, who has been designated to ensure access to the vaccine. Vaccine administration for healthcare workers will be available at hospitals, outpatient clinics, and local health departments.
Long-Term Care Facility Residents: Adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently. Residents of long-term care facilities should ask facility leadership about reviewing vaccine. All vaccine clinics in long-term care facilities will be administered by CVS and Walgreens.
Medical First Responders: High risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their response to medical emergencies such as Emergency Medical Technicians, Police, and Fire.
Vaccine access with be phased in for the following groups in Phase 1b:
Scheduling next (likely February):
Individuals between the ages of 65 and 74
Scheduling information coming soon (likely March):
Frontline essential workers
Individuals with an underlying medical condition with increased risk for severe illness*
Congregate settings will be phased in throughout Phase 1b
*More information will be available soon for those with severe underlying medical conditions, at this time, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s website.
Details on congregate settings:
Congregate settings include individuals and staff in halfway homes, inpatient mental health facilities, corrections facilities, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, substance use and residential treatment facilities along with others. More information about congregate settings will be available soon. Vaccination programs for congregate settings will be coordinated by State and local health.
Details on Phase 1b Essential Workers:
Frontline essential workers face work-related exposure to COVID-19 because work-related duties must be performed on-site, in proximity (<6 feet) to the public or to coworkers AND are in one of the following sectors:
Healthcare personnel not included in Phase 1a
Agricultural workers, including farmworkers
Food service and restaurants
U.S. Postal Service workers
Grocery store & pharmacy workers
Public transit workers
Food banks and meal delivery services for the elderly
Education and child-care workers
Solid waste and wastewater workers
Inspectors working on site in the above locations
Frontline public and social services
If you fall into one of these eligibility categories due to your job, and have not yet heard from your employer about yet – please be patient. Your employer will be coordinating your COVID-19 vaccination process and more information should be coming soon.
Updated information will be coming soon!
(Summer and Fall, 2021)
COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to eligible members of the general public starting this summer. At that time you should expect to have access to the vaccine at the same locations where you would normally get vaccinated: pharmacies, doctors offices, community health clinics, local health clinics, as well as through other providers.
Our decisions about priority order will be made based on ACIP guidelines, our State’s allocation subcommittee advice, and ultimately the decision of the Governor. ACIP and our allocation subcommittee are making their recommendations based on multiple factors – including maximizing the benefits of vaccine access, mitigating the spread of the pandemic, and mitigating health inequities.