WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police in Waterford were called to a CVS in town where a group from out of state had shown up to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The incident occurred at 106 Boston Post Road Thursday. Waterford Police say the group of 10 was from New York and their average age was 80.
The group had shown up at the pharmacy seeking to get the vaccine after reading online that CVS was now offering the shots to those 75+ and making appointments. Police say the group was told that the state’s Department of Health says the shots are for Connecticut residents or those working in CT only.
The police were called because the group would not leave. Police say the group was not unruly and left about 20 minutes after police arrived without incident.
Michelle Laforte of Waterford told News 8, “Everyone wants to get the vaccine and it would be great if it were available to everyone regardless of age. Unfortunately, it’s not.”
Governor Ned Lamont said in a press conference Wednesday of the vaccine requirements, “You’ve got to live here in CT or work here in CT, you’ve got to identify yourself as such when you sign onto that CVS site to make that appointment for your vaccination. You’re going to have to show proof of where you’re from, and you’re going to have to prove you’re over the age of 75.”
Individuals must live or work in Connecticut, and must also meet one of the following criteria:
- You are 75 years of age or older; or
- A healthcare worker who faces risk of exposure to COVID-19; or
- A medical first responder who faces risk of exposure to COVID-19; or
- A long-term care facility staff member; or
- A long-term care facility resident
CT COO Josh Geballe added, “We’re not entertaining people who are coming across the border who don’t live or work here for vaccines, and I understand that some folks were caught at that facility, and I’m glad that’s been addressed.”
We also received a report from people in Terryville who say New Yorkers made reservations at that Walgreens, who are only 65 years old and are coming to get their shots. And while they may be making reservations in New York – which allows 65 and older to get the vaccine at this point – to get the shot in Connecticut you must meet the Connecticut guidelines.
CVS released a statement following the incident saying, in part, “We recognize the high demand for COVID-19 vaccines. As more supply becomes available and eligibility expands, we look forward to increasing access to vaccinations in more stores and to more people.”
This does go to show how well Connecticut is doing with vaccinating people. Right now we’re ranked fourth in the country for vaccinating people per capita, and hope to be in the top three by the end of the week.