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The Path Back To Normal: Majority of Connecticut Residents Get COVID Vaccine

FEMA launched a mobile vaccine unit at the Beardsley Zoo in March 2021 to bring more COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable communities. Health care workers administer vaccines.
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FEMA launched a mobile vaccine unit at the Beardsley Zoo in March 2021 to bring more COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable communities. Health care workers administer vaccines.

More than 7 in 10 adults over the age of 18 in Connecticut have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. And on Monday, the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine for children age 12-15 under its Emergency Use Authorization. This will expand the pool of residents eligible to be vaccinated to an even younger cohort--starting later this week.

But as more workers come back to in-person offices, can employers mandate the vaccine for workers? This hour, we talk to an employment law expert.

First, we hear from Connecticut's Acting Public Health Commissioner Deidre Gifford about the state's vaccine program and more. What questions do you have?

GUESTS:

  • Deidre Gifford - Acting Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), and Commissioner of the Department of Social Services (DSS)
  • Daniel Schwartz- partner at Shipman and Goodwin, LLP. He practices employment law for both large and small companies. He is also the author of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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