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Disability Rights Group Calls Foul On Connecticut Age-Based Vaccine Distribution

Covid-19 Vaccine
Scott Heins
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

A disability rights group in Connecticut says newly announced changes to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan are unfair and violate federal law.

Governor Ned Lamont said this week that residents will be eligible for the vaccine based primarily on their age — with no exceptions made for people with underlying health conditions.

Deborah Dorfman is with Disability Rights Connecticut. She said it’s well-established that people with health conditions are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

“There are many people who have underlying conditions who need to get the vaccine as soon as possible. And so making a decision on simplicity or convenience just doesn’t cut it,” Dorfman said.

The group filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights. They said the policy goes against CDC policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A spokesperson for the Lamont administration said an age-based rollout plan is the best way to quickly and fairly distribute the vaccine.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.