‘We got to do a better job’ vaccinating underserved communities, says Connecticut governor


Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” “we got to do a better job there” when it comes to delivering Covid vaccines to underserved communities. 

“People of color are twice as likely to get infected and suffer complications and half as likely to get vaccinated,” said Lamont during a Tuesday evening interview. “We’re bringing the mobile vans to the communities, we are working with the churches.”

Data from the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) suggested that “disparities exist in vaccine administration across racial lines, with Black populations lagging behind White and Hispanic populations.” Lamont, however, assured host Shepard Smith that officials are working to make sure he allocates sufficient vaccines to underserved communities and that “nobody is going to get left behind.” 

Connecticut is gaining national attention for going against federal guidelines and prioritizing age over health or employment status. More than six out of ten of the state’s residents 75 and older have been vaccinated. The one exception to the rule includes teachers and others who work in schools. Lamont explained that his vaccine rollout strategy is based on the data. 

“We figured we could really focus on the older population, 55 and above, that’s where 96% of the complications take place,” Lamont said…

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