Connecticut to spend $13M to reach unvaccinated residents, including in New Britain and Bristol

Published on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 09:12
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HARTFORD - Connecticut plans to distribute $13 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to 27 municipalities and local health departments to help reach residents who haven't yet been vaccinated, Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday.

While touting CDC data that shows the state is the first in the U.S. to have more than 50% of adults age 18 and older fully vaccinated, the Democrat said there continues to be a slowdown in the rate of vaccinations.

“You can tell it’s not going up as quickly any longer,” Lamont said.

“So what we are doing is reinforcing our messaging,“ he added. ”That’s the $13 million of federal support that’s going to go out to messaging, going out to door-knocking, going out telephone calls, working with our amazing local public health departments and community support groups, making an extra effort right now to do everything we can to convince those that are maybe a little hesitant ... that this is the time to do it.”

Earlier this month, the Connecticut Department of Public Health requested applications from local health districts and departments for the grant funding. Each applicant was required to describe ways their partnerships with community and medical provider groups planned to address vaccine equity in their coverage areas across the state.

“We are hopeful that through this program we are going to see the equity gap close as we strive toward our goal of a statewide vaccination rate of 80 to 85% or better,” said Dr. Deidre Gifford, the acting public health commissioner, in a statement.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 09:12. Updated: Tuesday, 4 May 2021 09:15.