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Connecticut DPH Designates 25% Of Vaccines For Vulnerable Communities

Covid-19 Vaccine
Scott Heins
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

In Connecticut, up to 50 communities will receive at least a quarter of all COVID-19 vaccines delivered to the state in the next few weeks.

The state Department of Public Health designated key areas by zip code to ensure 25% of all new vaccines go there to help boost vaccinations in vulnerable communities.

Dr. Deidre Gifford is the Acting Department of Public Health Commissioner. She said people of color and those in highest-risk cities are getting vaccinated at lower rates than white and wealthy residents.

Data from the DPH show that Hartford and Bridgeport rank at the bottom for first doses administered to their populations. Less than 8% of their population has received a first dose of the vaccine in either city.

The list includes much of Bridgeport, New Haven, Danbury, Hartford, Waterbury, New Britain, Derby, East Hartford and others.

Clare is a former news fellow with WSHU Public Radio.