Governor Lamont Announces Approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut
Connecticut COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group’s Science Subcommittee Recommended Immediate Distribution of Vaccine
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has directed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to add Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine to the state’s ongoing vaccination program following a recommendation from the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group’s Science Subcommittee that it be authorized in the state. The co-chairs of the subcommittee expressed in a report that it has full confidence in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authorization process and has no concerns proceeding with the initial rollout of the Moderna vaccine.
The governor said that Connecticut is expecting to receive about 63,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week. This comes in addition to 31,200 doses of the previously approved Pfizer vaccine that have been delivered to the state since Monday, and another 24,375 doses of that company’s vaccine that are anticipated to arrive this week.
Under this first phase of Connecticut’s vaccination program, the vaccine is being administered to healthcare workers and medical first responders, as well as staff and residents of long-term care facilities.
“This is another important step forward in getting this vaccine to as many people in our state so that we can better manage this disease and prevent its spread,” Governor Lamont said. “We’re doing everything we can to get as many doses to the people who need it most, and over the coming days and weeks we expect our supply to significantly grow.”
The members of the Connecticut COVID-19 Advisory Group’s Science Subcommittee include:
- Jessica Abrantes-Figueiredo, Chief of Infectious Diseases for Saint Francis Hospital
- David Banach, Head of Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiologist at UConn Health
- Keith Grant, Senior System Director for Infection Prevention for Hartford HealthCare
- Jim Hadler, Clinical Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine
- Danyal Ibrahim, Trinity Health of New England
- Albert Ko, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and Department Chair at the Yale School of Public Health
- Roxy Kozyckyj, Director of State Government Affairs for the Healthcare Distribution Alliance
- Richard Martinello, Medical Director of Infection Prevention for Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Health
- William Petit, State Representative (R-New Britain, Plainville)
- Jack Ross, President of the Connecticut Infectious Diseases Society
- Jason Schwartz, Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Public Health
- Jody Terranova, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for the American Academy of Pediatrics