Starting Monday, hundreds of thousands in Connecticut will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in phase 1B.

Federal guidance is calling for states to vaccine people 65 years of age and older. Currently Connecticut’s plans include those 75 and older.

“We’re telling states today that they should open vaccinations to all of their most vulnerable people. That is the most effective way to save lives now,” said Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday, the state’s vaccine allocation subcommittee followed the government, recommending people over 65, as well as those over 16 who have certain health conditions, be included. That decision would need to be approved by the governor’s vaccine advisory group.

The state already announced plans to make the

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