How Connecticut is vaccinating at TWICE the rate of New York with a flexible rollout and ‘last-minute’ dose sharing – while Cuomo’s rigid guidelines have left two-thirds of doses unused


  • Connecticut has already vaccinated more than 2% of its population, administering 93,000 doses or 62.1% of its supply
  • New York has administered just 313,000 jabs, inoculating 1.6% of the population, and used just 33.5% of its vaccine supply
  • Gov Ned Lamont of Connecticut has given looser definitions of healthcare workers including students doing clinical rotations and school nurses
  • But New York Gov Andrew Cuomo has been more strict and insisted just frontline workers and those who see patients, as well as nursing homes, get shots
  • Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have clashed over guidelines, with de Blasio calling for first responders to be added to the phase one rollout
  • Connecticut also has a system that allows any unused doses at a location to be transferred to another distribution center that is lacking in doses by day’s end

By MARY KEKATOS SENIOR HEALTH REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

Connecticut has led the race to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 since it received its first doses – thanks, in part, to a willingness to play a little fast and loose.  

The Constitution State was one of the first in the U.S. to get shots in the arms of more than two percent of its population, with at least 93,000 immunized as of Thursday.  

What’s more, Gov Ned Lamont (D) said on Monday that, by the end of the week, all nursing home residents and staff who want an initial dose of the jab will have received it.

By comparison, Connecticut’s neighbor, New York, has had a sluggish rollout.

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