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Lamont: Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics Helping Close The Racial Vaccine Gap

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont speaks at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bridgeport.
Ebong Udoma
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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont speaks at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bridgeport.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said the state’s pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics are helping to close the racial disparity among people vaccinated for COVID-19.

Lamont said the clinics have helped make a significant improvement from a month ago when only about 8% of Connecticut’s Black and Latinx residents had taken their first shot of the vaccine, compared to 16% of white residents.

“My understanding is as of last week when 25% overall had been vaccinated in the state, 20% of the Black and Brown population had been vaccinated," Lamont said.

Black and Latino churches have partnered with providers to get the community vaccinated.

“I love the fact that we are working with the ministers, getting people comfortable with the fact that the vaccine can make an enormous difference in your life, a difference in your community, give people confidence,” Lamont said.

Lamont spoke at a pop-up vaccination clinic set-up by Yale New Haven Health at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on the East End of Bridgeport.

More than 270 people have been vaccinated at that site in the past week.