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Connecticut Executive Order Allows Pharmacies To Administer COVID Vaccine

Craig LeMoult

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has issued an executive order that would allow pharmacies to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

Lamont said he wants to make sure that the COVID-19 vaccine would be readily available to all Connecticut residents. That's why he is allowing pharmacies and community healthcare centers to participate.

“It’s mighty Walgreens. It’s CVS. Also your small independent local pharmacies. It could be the federally qualified health centers. So we are going to be getting them up to speed ready to go so as we ramp up our capacity for vaccinations we make sure that we can get those administered,” Lamont said.

He said he’d like to have at least a million state residents vaccinated within the next few months.

“You certainly want to have 90 to 95 percent of your people vaccinated. That’s safe for them. It’s safer for the broader community. It allows for our economy to get back going again,” Lamont said.

Connecticut expects its first 16,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week. And another 16,000 doses from Moderna would follow.

Healthcare workers and nursing home residents would be the first to be vaccinated.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.