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Waterford CVS turns away group of seniors from NY seeking COVID vaccine

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WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police in Waterford were called to a CVS in town where a group from out of state had shown up to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The incident occurred at 106 Boston Post Rd, on Thursday. Waterford police said the group of 10 was from New York and their average age was 80.

The group had shown up at the pharmacy seeking to get the vaccine after reading online that CVS was now offering the shots to those 75 and older and making appointments. Police said the group was told that the state’s Department of Health said the shots are for Connecticut residents or those working in the state.

A report indicates officers were called because the group would not leave. Police said the group was not unruly and left about 20 later without incident.

“Everyone wants to get the vaccine and it would be great if it were available to everyone regardless of age,” Michelle Laforte, of Waterford, told News 8. “Unfortunately, it’s not.”

“You’ve got to live here in CT or work here in CT; you’ve got to identify yourself as such when you sign onto that CVS site to make that appointment for your vaccination,” Governor Ned Lamont said in a press conference Wednesday. “You’re going to have to show proof of where you’re from, and you’re going to have to prove you’re over the age of 75.”

Individuals must live or work in Connecticut, and must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are 75 years of age or older.
  • A health care worker who faces risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • A medical first responder who faces risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • A long-term care facility staff member.
  • A long-term care facility resident.

“We’re not entertaining people who are coming across the border who don’t live or work here for vaccines, and I understand that some folks were caught at that facility, and I’m glad that’s been addressed,” added Josh Geballe, Connecticut’s Chief Operations Officer.”

News 8 also received reports of similar issues at Walgreens stores in Terryville and Thomaston.

CVS released a statement following the incident saying, in part, “We recognize the high demand for COVID-19 vaccines. As more supply becomes available and eligibility expands, we look forward to increasing access to vaccinations in more stores and to more people.”

This does go to show how well Connecticut is doing with vaccinating people. Right now we’re ranked fourth in the country for vaccinating people per capita and hope to be in the top three by the end of the week.

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