For many months, going back almost to the very beginning of the pandemic, states have been planning how they would theoretically distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, were one to be developed. Most, including Connecticut, put together advisory committees comprised of doctors, scientists, health care providers, academics and business leaders, whose job it was to come up with the best, most equitable way to get a vaccine to those who need it most.
Connecticut’s team did just that. Going back to October, Gov. Ned Lamont’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group met continually to decide how best the state should distribute vaccinations. They said from the beginning that their focus would be on the risk level of various populations, and they made recommendations that were in step with those from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In January, they recommended the state prioritize those 65 and older along with anyone with at least one health condition that puts them at greater risk.