NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Leaders in the Elm city are working to get residents vaccinated against COVID-19 and tested for the virus. They want to make the procedures easier that way more people feel comfortable.

Saliva testing is a new way to determine if a person has COVID-19, it’s an option for those opposed to the nasal swab.

That option will be available at two locations starting on Monday; one of those is at Gateway Community College.

Another big obstacle to cutting down case numbers, getting more shots in arms, particularly teens.

Maritza Bond, New Haven Dir. of Public Health, said, “A lot of young people feel like this is a disease that does not impact them when they have a strong immune system for example.”

That’s why the CDC continues to classify New Haven as a high transmission location.