NEW HAVEN — As California and New York City moved Monday towards mandating vaccinations to quell a surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Ned Lamont worked with high school coaches to coax athletes to voluntarily improve lagging vaccination rates among the young.
“Nobody wants mandates. I know how tired everybody is. And we don’t have to get into that conversation if people just go get vaccinated,” said Lamont, joined at a free vaccination clinic on the city’s historic green by coaches, health officials and its mayor, Justin Elicker.