HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — As Connecticut has been leading the way in distributing doses, the federal government has been slow and under fire from President-elect Joe Biden who said not enough of the vaccine is being produced.
As the frontline workers are starting to get the second dose of the vaccine, will there be enough? Some people have been getting antsy when they hear Biden criticizing Operation Warp Speed, saying it is not fast enough.
So where does that leave Connecticut? Are we going to be short on doses? News 8 asked Governor Ned Lamont directly about the supply chain and how strong it is presently.
“We are one of the first states in the country to get over two percent of our population at least their first vaccine dose,” he explained.
But the state can only administer what the federal government delivers. Representative Rosa DeLauro said in the governor’s news conference call Monday that answers are still hard to come by in Washington.
“I am told there will be a weekly allocation but in terms of numbers, I don’t have any numbers,” she said. “I have been told that the supply chain will provide weekly allocations.”
“There been some bureaucratic snafus in that first and second week in and around Pfizer,” Lamont said. “We have caught up on that. We are on schedule to get all of our Phase 1 people done on time, on schedule. So look, let’s give it a little bit more time. There is still plenty of room for air but so far, I think they have done pretty well.”
Connecticut has been leading the nation: Number one in vaccine distribution in nursing homes and ranked sixth in the country overall.
As the vaccine tentatively continues to roll out on schedule, the governor is getting ready to vaccinate the next group. Representative Vincent Candelora came forward asking the vaccine committee to please think about putting any teachers or school employees that are 55 and older into the next group to be vaccinated.
He said this will give parents and students more confidence in the educational system. The governor said it’s easier said than done.
“Everybody has somebody they want to move into the next group and into the front of the line. Obviously, if everybody has a priority then nobody is a priority, but I can understand teachers in the classroom, they are frontline, essential workers.”
They said the supply chain is ready to ramp up when the federal government delivers the doses to Connecticut. The governor’s vaccine committee meets Tuesday to discuss guidelines for the distribution in Phase 1B, which will include when it rolls out, how it rolls out and who it goes to.