Senator Richard Blumenthal visited Danbury Hospital yesterday to meet with nursing school students to discuss their role in the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Blumenthal called the COVID-19 vaccine administration clinic a well oiled machine, with 400 to 500 doses given each day.
Danbury Hospital staffers are in the process of receiving their second doses. First responders were also taking part in the vaccination clinic.
Students from West Conn and Sacred Heart are administering the vaccines, freeing up hospital staff to continue treating COVID and other patients. He noted that it's a win-win with the students getting practical experience.
(Nuvance Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeff Nicastro, Sen. Blumenthal, Danbury Hospital President Sharon Adams, Nuvance Health CEO Dr. John Murphy)
Blumenthal expects the state to receive more than $205 million for COVID testing and contact tracing, in addition to $32 million for the initial stages of vaccination.
The visit came as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that the federal government will no longer hold back required second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, practically doubling supply. Blumenthal says this will help to make sure as many people as possible receive the first dose. He called on President-elect Joe Biden to use the Defense Production Act to speed up distribution of vaccine doses across the country.