New Canaan Short-Changed On Coronavirus Vaccine; Fights For More

Alfred Branch
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NEW CANAAN, CT — New Canaan is receiving significantly less coronavirus vaccine from the state than other nearby communities of roughly the same size, and town officials are trying to ramp up the pressure on the state for more supply.

The town received 100 doses of the vaccine this week when it asked for 300 doses, and next week officials learned it will again only receive 100 doses though it asked for 1,000, according to New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Health Director Jenn Eielson.

By comparison, Darien, which has nearly the same number of residents, is receiving 400 doses this week and 200 more next week, according to Eielson, or 600 doses during the period to New Canaan's 200.

The discrepancy prompted Moynihan to reach out to the state legislators who represent New Canaan for answers.

In an email chain with legislators he shared with Patch, Moynihan and Eielson expressed their frustration and disappointment in New Canaan not receiving enough vaccine.

The town has more than 1,500 residents over the age of 75, but at only 100 doses per week, it would take months just to address that population.

"It appears that the State is not being equitable in allocating vaccines to towns based on what we've learned," Moynihan wrote.

Connecticut has grappled with short supply of the vaccine for a few weeks, prompting Gov. Ned Lamont to change the rollout to address vulnerable populations as quickly as possible.

In the email chain, state Sen. Will Haskell (D-26th District) said Connecticut health officials do not know how much vaccine the state will receive from the federal supply. But officials will look more closely at community populations; a town's ability to vaccinate its residents; and administering it to vulnerable populations as quickly as possible.

This article originally appeared on the New Canaan Patch