Last Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced the state’s guidelines to vaccinate Connecticut residents. Starting March 1, people over 55 and teachers will be eligible to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Following this group of Connecticut residents, his plan allows for a new group of people to register every three weeks. This arbitrary system leaves many of the state’s most vulnerable residents without access to the much-anticipated vaccine for weeks and even months.
Families like mine are among those affected by this decision. My household includes my mother, a 62-year-old woman who is an essential worker with type 2 diabetes; my brother, a 23-year-old retail worker; and me, a 26-year-old educator with type 1 diabetes. During the past year, our biggest concern about this pandemic was for any of us to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. We knew that due to the status of my brother and mother as essential workers, they would be the most likely to be exposed while they fulfilled their work duties away from home. Along with that, my mother and myself are both at a higher risk of developing complications if an infection were to happen.