HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut has accelerated its COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Monday that any adult state resident will have the opportunity to schedule a vaccine appointment on April 5.
It's nearly a month ahead of the state's schedule and would beat President Joe Biden's decree of May 1.
Connecticut remains one of the top states in the country when it comes to getting residents vaccinated and Lamont said this would be the biggest step yet.
"Over the course of the next month, I think you’ll find everyone will have vaccine and appointments available to them," Lamont said on Monday.
Lamont said Connecticut is expecting 200,000 doses each week.
Under the governor's plan, people 45 to 54 can start scheduling appointments on March 19.
That’s three days earlier than before.
The big one is those 16 to 44. They’re now all lumped into one group with scheduling starting on April 5.
While there are 477,000 people in the 45 to 54 age group, there are 1.3 million in the 16 to 44 age range.
However, Lamont said a chunk of the larger bracket have already been vaccinated because of their line of work.
"Everybody in these age groups, maybe 20 percent have already been vaccinated," Lamont said. "We vaccinated all of our healthcare workers. We vaccinated most of our educators."
The new timeline is a week earlier for the 35 and up, and nearly a month earlier than for 16 to 34 year olds.
Also, Lamont said the data is indicating younger people won’t be rushing for the appointments in the same way that was seen with some of the earlier tiers.
Given the scheduling issues of the previous tiers, Channel 3 asked Lamont if the state's current systems could handle an expected onslaught of young people's appointments.
"If we need to do more, we’ll do what it takes, but I do say, look: Those first couple of days, there’s always a crowd. It takes a little bit of patience and let those most in need get in the front of the line," Lamont said.
Keith Grant is the Director for Infection Prevention for Hartford HealthCare. He said they have the space and the ability to administer more doses. Up until this point, there’s just been a lack of vaccine.
"We’re prepared at Hartford HealthCare, and I know Yale is for a fact as well, to upscale significantly to facilitate this," Grant said.
One thing that’s not changing is the foundation of the rollout.
It will remain based on age.
Those with comorbidities won’t see a higher priority, but the state is delegating them to doctors.
There is an expectation that people can work with their healthcare provider to schedule an appointment in those first few weeks of April.
For more information on Connecticut's new vaccine rollout, including where to register and clinic locations, head here.