Governor Lamont Hosts Vaccine Townhall with Council 400 & CT ARA
On February 24th, Council 400 had an opportunity to host a Townhall with Governor Ned Lamont along with the Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans focused on the vaccine rollout for seniors.
One member that asked a question was Win Heimer, “How do you address people like the bus driver, grocery store clerk or the young person with a heart condition, who had been led to believe that they would be vaccinated at this point and now suddenly find that they are in a different situation?” To which the Governor responded, “Look the CDC came up with a list of folks, essential workers, those with co-morbidities and it represented almost half the adult population. We could have done that, but you saw websites crashing and longlines with nothing at the end of it. Even if we did that it would have taken 2 months to get their appointment. I would say this way prioritizes those who are most at risk. Maybe you are a bus driver who has a grandparent at home that you want to see. Thank God he or she is safe, but your time is going to come in 3-6 weeks.”
Bill Buhler also asked, “What are you doing to chase after those who should have received the vaccine by this time but some reason didn’t because they couldn’t get an appointment or are scared?” To which the Governor responded, “We’ve worked very hard, especially in underserved areas, to get the vaccine administered, working with trusted advocates, who can say ‘this is the right thing to do and it is safe.”