When will Danbury-area residents get the COVID vaccine? Here's a look.

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Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines are underway in the Danbury area, with the next phase of Connecticut’s statewide rollout set to begin next week.

The state’s vaccination plan started with Phase 1A, under which health care professionals with “potential for direct or indirect exposure,” adults in long-term care facilities and first responders at high risk of exposure to the virus — like emergency medical technicians, police and firefighters — were eligible for inoculation.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday that Phase 1B will commence next week, with vaccinations becoming available to individuals ages 75 and older. Plans for Phase 1B, however, had not been finalized as of Wednesday afternoon and the group is likely to be expanded.

On Tuesday, the state’s Vaccine Advisory Committee recommended that Phase 1B include people ages 65 and up, adults with high-risk health conditions, front-line workers and residents of congregate settings like prisons, group homes and psychiatric facilities. Front-line workers would include teachers, police officers, food service workers, and grocery store workers, among others.

It remains unclear how long it would take to vaccine people in Phase 1B, as the group is likely to contain a large portion of the state’s population.

Despite the lack of plan formalization, many local municipalities have begun preparing for Phase 1B.

New Fairfield

According to First Selectman Pat Del Monaco, municipalities expect to receive further information on Phase 1B vaccination registration from the state on Thursday.

She said limited vaccination appointments may be available at some clinics around the state as early as Monday, and New Fairfield expects its municipal clinic to get vaccines in early February.

Danbury

Vaccine efforts are well underway in Danbury, where city officials predict 1,000 doses will be administered by the end of the week.

In anticipation for Phase 1B, the city’s health and human services department is asking residents ages 75 and older to fill out a survey so they can be alerted about vaccination availability and access. The survey is available at bit.ly/DanburyVaccineSurvey.

Survey information will remain confidential, according to the department, and anyone with questions or concerns are encouraged to call 203-797-4510 or email healthdept@danbury-ct.gov.

Brookfield

Brookfield plans to start distributing vaccines next week to first responders, long-term care patients and people ages 75 or older, according to First Selectman Steve Dunn.

The town expects to receive about 100 doses from the state to distribute to those in the Phase 1B category on Monday, with clinics to open soon after.

New Milford

As the town awaits word from the state on final Phase 1B plans, Mayor Pete Bass said New Milford has started trying to gather information from seniors eligible for the next phase of vaccinations.

“We’ve started a pre-application form that we’re asking our seniors to fill out,” Bass said. “They can either do the fillable form on our town’s website and electronically send it to us, or they can print it out and drop it off or mail it to town hall.”

The electronic form can be accessed at bit.ly/NMonlineform, and the printable version at bit.ly/NMprintableform.

Bass said information gathered through the pre-application process will be used to schedule vaccines, which will be administered with help from the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association.

The senior center will likely be New Milford’s vaccine distribution point, Bass said, but it depends on the amount of vaccine the town receives.

“If we get larger amounts, then we’d either move to multiple vaccine locations or into another location that would allow us to do vaccines for larger numbers,” he said.

Bethel and Redding

Bethel and Redding partnered for distribution and hope to open a clinic by the end of the month. In the interim, the towns are making sure those who are eligible get registered beforehand.

Newtown

First Selectman Dan Rosenthal announced Wednesday that a registration form for Newtown residents 75 years and older has been added to the town’s website. The form can also be accessed at bit.ly/NewtownCOVIDform.

“We plan to use this information to inform you of when vaccination appointments will be available, which at this point are not likely until sometime next week at the earliest,” Rosenthal said.

Phase 1B-eligible residents who don’t have internet access should call the Newtown Senior Center at 203-270-4310 for assistance.

Rosenthal said the town and Newtown Health District — which also serves Roxbury and Bridgewater — have been “working with the state and other public health partners to roll out the vaccination effort.”

With the state indicating limited vaccine allocations for several weeks, he said the town will likely prioritize its older residents — “at least initially.”

“We also expect that the state and other providers may also send out registration and appointment opportunities and you should avail yourself to them as well if you choose,” Rosenthal said in a message to residents Wednesday.

Roxbury

The town of Roxbury is asking residents 65 and older to fill out a COVID-19 vaccine registration form so they can receive vaccine-related updates. The survey is available at bit.ly/RoxburyCOVIDvaccine.

Survey information will remain confidential and only be used by the Roxbury Senior Center and Newtown Health District, according to the town’s website. Questions should be directed to 860-210-0201 or 860-210-0056.