Connecticut becomes first state to reach 50% of adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH/WWLP) – Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday that Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to reach full COVID-19 vaccination for 50 percent of all adults.

The governor reported that as of Monday, 1,912,581 residents had received at least their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, which is nearly 70 percent of the adult population in the state. He also reported that 1,393,894 have been fully vaccinated which is about 50 percent of the adult population.

Approximately 3,192,560 doses have been administered since the vaccine became available. In a tweet, Gov. Lamont congratulated those who have chosen to receive the vaccine.

Connecticut’s vaccine rollout plan was based on age, so a larger number of people were eligible before Massachusetts residents were, and many jumped at the opportunity.

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” Paul Kappa of Enfield said. “It’s a true patriotic thing to do is to protect Americans and by me being vaccinated I help my fellow Americans.”

Massachusetts does have one thing in common with its neighboring state. A drop-off in vaccinations, and because of this Connecticut is also shifting its efforts and focusing on smaller, community-based sites.

“We will be closing four of the seven mass vaccination sites by the end of June,” Governor Baker said. “We are confident we can find more ways to offer vaccines to everyone who wants one in a smaller more targeted approach.”

Governor Baker added that by June, 4.1 million Massachusetts residents will be vaccinated. That number was originally expected to be reached by August.

If that number stays true, that will be over 50 percent of the population.

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