Courtesy of Hartford Healthcare
Hartford Healthcare officials accept the Moderna vaccine (Courtesy of Hartford Healthcare)

HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday that his vaccine advisory group recommended the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized in Connecticut as the first of 63,000 doses reached the state.

His announcement came hours before the first doses arrived at Hartford Hospital and health care workers received their first dose of the vaccine.

The state began vaccinating health care workers last week and started vaccinating staff and residents at five long-term care facilities last Friday.

So far Connecticut has received 31,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, Lamont said Monday. Another 24,375 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive this week.

Under the first phase of the state’s vaccination program, the focus is on health care workers and medical first responders, as well as staff and residents at the state’s long-term care facilities. It was approved for emergency use last week for individuals under the age of 16.

“This is another important step forward in getting this vaccine to as many people in our state so that we can better manage this disease and prevent its spread,” Lamont said. “We’re doing everything we can to get as many doses to the people who need it most, and over the coming days and weeks we expect our supply to significantly grow.”