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Lamont Accelerates Connecticut's Vaccine Rollout

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Jessica Hill
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Associated Press
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has moved-up the state’s vaccine rollout. Now, all adults who wish to have a COVID-19 shot, can schedule one by April 5.

“Pretty soon it’s going to be less a question of the supply of vaccine, more a question of getting people to stand up and realize it’s the right thing to do for their family,” Lamont said.

Lamont said residents ages 45 to 54 can sign up to receive the vaccine beginning on Monday.

Connecticut residents ages 16 to 44 can sign up almost a month earlier than planned. Lamont said he’ll work with providers and state agencies to prioritize shots for high-risk people in those age groups.

The decision comes after President Joe Biden told states that everyone should be allowed to receive the vaccine starting on May 1.

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.