‘We need to do a better job’ in immunizing underserved communities, says Connecticut governor

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) told TBEN “The News with Shepard Smith” “we need to do a better job over there” when it comes to delivering Covid vaccines to underserved communities.

“People of color are twice as likely to be infected and have complications and twice as likely to be vaccinated,” Lamont said in an interview Tuesday night. “We bring mobile vans to communities, we work with churches.”

Data from the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) suggests that “disparities exist in the administration of vaccines across racial lines, with black populations lagging behind white and Hispanic populations.” Lamont, however, assured host Shepard Smith that officials are working to ensure he allocates enough vaccines to underserved communities and that “no one will be left behind.”

Connecticut is drawing national attention for going against federal guidelines and prioritizing age over health or employment status. More than six in ten state residents aged 75 and over have been vaccinated. The only exception to the rule includes teachers and others who work in schools. Lamont explained that its vaccine deployment strategy is data driven.

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“We thought we could really focus on the elderly population, 55 and over, that’s where 96% of the complications take place,” Lamont said.

Connecticut has had some success in getting gunshots from Covid guns. He administered 882,777 shots, a ratio of 90%, according to the CDC.

Smith asked about frontline workers in Connecticut who were “disgusted” with Lamont’s strategy. The Connecticut governor has doubled down on his strategy and designated workers who live with older family members.

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“I’m saying a lot of them live in multigenerational housing and thank goodness they’re there with their mothers, fathers, grandparents, and they’ve been vaccinated now, so they know they can go home. safe, and they know it within three weeks., 45 and over will be able to get the vaccine, so they know there is light at the end of the tunnel and their turn is coming quickly, ”Lamont said.

Access to more vaccines across the United States may come faster than expected. Executives from Pfizer and Moderna told House lawmakers on Tuesday that their companies plan to double or even triple vaccine shipments in the coming weeks. Pfizer chief commercial officer John Young said the company could increase production from around 5 million doses to more than 13 million doses by mid-March. Moderna President Dr Stephen Hoge said his company is also working to double its shipments and produce around 40 million doses per month by April.

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The Food and Drug Administration is due to review Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine on Thursday. J & J’s vice president of medical affairs, Dr Richard Nettles, said the company plans to ship more than 20 million doses to the United States by the end of March. This means that at least 20 million people will be fully immunized.

Former Obama administration official Dr. Kavita Patel told “The News with Shepard Smith” that a large percentage of the population gets vaccinated, “it will radically change our lives.”

“Imagine going back to normal this summer,” Patel said.

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