Conn. (WTNH) — As of Saturday, more than 70% of all adults in the State of Connecticut have gotten at least their first COVID-19 vaccine shot. According to Gov. Ned Lamont, Connecticut is among the first states in the nation to reach that benchmark.
The governor made the announcement on Twitter Saturday.
He added that Connecticut has reached the benchmark nearly two months ahead of President Joe Biden’s national goal of July 4.
As of May 3, Connecticut was the first state in the nation to reach 50% of all adults fully vaccinated against COVID.
Health experts tell News 8 it’s the news vaccine providers across the state have been working towards. And with the FDA soon set to approve the Pfizer vaccine for kids age 2-15-years-old, experts say it’s a positive sign, turning the corner in the pandemic.
Dr. Ajay Kumar, the Chief Clinical Officer for Hartford HealthCare told News 8 the state seems to be turning the corner, “This is a very positive sign. Vaccinations among adults are really key at the moment to reduce our positivity and some of the burden of the hospitalizations and more importantly deaths at this time. We’ve seen that the vaccine works and it reduces mortality significantly, so it’s a positive step.
He added, “It is night and day – we have seen a lot less number of patients coming to the hospital and we have seen a reduced mortality – and we have something to look forward to this summer and the fall…I’m very optimistic as we continue to expand the vaccination and offer vaccinations to other folks who have been on the sidelines so far. We will be able to manage the pandemic rather well in Connecticut.”
While experts say herd immunity is a tall order with vaccine hesitancy still a present concern. Dr. Kumar says the spreading of the virus could be contained.
“It would be great to have a herd immunity of approximately 90 percent of people vaccinated that reduces our chances of the virus to expand…Right now we still have a ways to go to get folks to vaccinate but irrespective of whether we get the herd immunity or not, we know that this virus will continue to live in our society for a long time.”
Which is why the vaccine messaging will continue.
“I think we need to find a way to meet people where they are and understand their concerns, reluctance and try to provide answers.”
As for the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for kids and teens, that decision could come down as soon as this coming week.