Norwalk 'hopeful things will speed up' in next vaccine phase

Volunteer Patricia Carey administers the new COVID vaccine to an employee of Silver Hills senior residence as Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Norwalk Department of Health Director Deanna D'Amore, and state Rep. Stephanie Thomas tour a vaccination clinic at the Norwalk Senior Center Friday, January 8, 2021, in Norwalk, Conn. The Norwalk Health Department has vaccinated more than 200 people eligible under Phase 1A. The Norwalk Health Department received its first shipment of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.

Volunteer Patricia Carey administers the new COVID vaccine to an employee of Silver Hills senior residence as Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Norwalk Department of Health Director Deanna D’Amore, and state Rep. Stephanie Thomas tour a vaccination clinic at the Norwalk Senior Center Friday, January 8, 2021, in Norwalk, Conn. The Norwalk Health Department has vaccinated more than 200 people eligible under Phase 1A. The Norwalk Health Department received its first shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.

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NORWALK — The state is preparing to enter Phase 1B of their vaccination plan next week, which would allow people aged 75 years or older to be vaccinated. But how this phase will move forward has yet to be determined.

The city and Norwalk Health Department said on Tuesday they are still awaiting direction from the state on how residents can register to receive the vaccine.

When more details become available, the city said it would share this on social media and their website. The latest COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at ct.gov/covidvaccine.

“I know it is frustrating for residents that there are more questions than answers right now when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Mayor Harry Rilling. “Please know I share in that frustration. My team and I remain in constant communication with state officials asking for updates and more details. We will share that information as soon as we have it. This has been a slow roll out, but I am hopeful things will speed up in the weeks ahead.”

The state of Connecticut continues to work through Phase 1A of COVID-19 vaccine distribution which targets health care workers, medical first responders and long-term care facility staff and residents.

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In other COVID news, city officials were unable to access Tuesday’s COVID-19 deaths and case number data due to a malfunction of the state’s Disease Surveillance System, Norwalk Communications Manager Josh Morgan said.

“It’s unclear what the exact technical issue was, but it prohibited us from downloading and running the reports,” Morgan said. “We tried to download it in the morning and the download never happened. We heard from the state it was an issue with the system.”

While the cause of the malfunction is still undetermined, Norwalk officials were able to download the reports Wednesday morning and will include Tuesday’s data in the Wednesday report, Morgan said.