The online vaccination signup for Connecticut residents who are 55 and older will begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday, the state Department of Public Health said.
More than 600,000 people between the ages of 55 and 64 are eligible to register for a vaccine, either by phone or online. School employees are also eligible for vaccinations starting Monday, but they should wait to hear from their school district on how and when to schedule an appointment.
The state’s vaccine appointment line has doubled the number of staff to a total of 300 people in order to handle up to 10,000 calls each day to help assist Connecticut residents. The Vacccine Administration Management System had previously been scheduled to open for registration at 8 a.m. Monday.
To register online starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, go to the state’s vaccine portal at https://portal.ct.gov/vaccine-portal/. Phone registration is available starting at 8 a.m. Monday at 877-918-2224. For phone registration, the department is urging callers to be patient, particularly on Monday morning.
Under the current plan, Connecticut residents age 55 and older will be eligible March 1, followed by people 45 and older on March 22, 35 and older on April 12 and 16 and older on May 3.
Connecticut is expected to receive 30,000 doses of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in addition to vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. People will not be able to choose which vaccine they get.
About 19% of Connecticut residents have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which require two shots. Thus far, Connecticut ranks among the states that have vaccinated the highest share of residents. About 14 percent of the U.S. has received at least one dose of the vaccine.