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CDC Corrects COVID-19 Vaccine Data Logging Error

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated data over the weekend that originally incorrectly logged tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine shots in Connecticut. The fix now places the state ahead of the national average on two key COVID-19 vaccination metrics. 

The error wrongly logged more than 80,000 shots as COVID-19 “first dose” vaccines when, in fact, they were the second time a person got their shot.

That data error led to Connecticut apparently lagging national vaccine averages last week. But the CDC corrected the problem over the weekend, which now puts Connecticut ahead of the curve on both first dose shots and the percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated.

As of Monday, more than one quarter of the state’s population had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine and about one in seven residents have been fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

Governor Ned Lamont now says all residents 16 and older can sign up for a COVID-19 shot starting April 5th, a significant acceleration of the age-based rollout.

Patrick Skahill is a reporter and digital editor at Connecticut Public. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of Connecticut Public Radio's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email: pskahill@ctpublic.org.
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