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As Seniors Begin To Get Vaccinated, Bridgeport Is Down A Health Director

A Hartford HealthCare worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public
A Hartford HealthCare worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine

Bridgeport has lost its top health official as the state battles COVID-19’s second wave. This hour, we talk with Connecticut Post reporter Brian Lockhart about the vacancy in the health department of the state’s largest city.

And later, some Connecticut residents over the age of 75 will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Does Connecticut have the right tools in place to reach seniors?

We talk with Department of Public Health Acting Commissioner Deidre Gifford, and we hear from AARP Connecticut.

What questions do you have about signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Residents 75+ can register for an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Links to schedule an appointment online are listed on the state's website here. Residents can also call the state's CT COVID Vaccine Appointment Assist line at 877-918-2224, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


  • Brian Lockhart - Reporter covering Bridgeport for the Connecticut Post and Hearst Connecticut newspapers
  • Nora Duncan - State director for AARP Connecticut
  • Dr. Deidre Gifford - Acting Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Commissioner of Department of Social Services

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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