HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- The first meeting of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group happened on Thursday evening.

The meeting kicked off virtually at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

While pharmaceutical companies conduct trials, Connecticut braces for the day one is approved.

At its first virtual meeting, the governor’s covid-19 vaccine advisory group is pushing ahead with what it’s calling a rough draft for a mass vaccination plan.

"We are doing our best to prepare and but also knowing that we need to remain flexible," Dr. Deirdre Gifford, Acting Commission of the Connecticut Department of Public Health said.

The group focuses on three major points: Allocation, which is who receives the vaccine first; science, when is it safe to distribute; and communication which is making sure people are in the know when it comes to vaccine info.

Eyewitness News wanted to get a pulse on whether people are ready to take a vaccine when approved.

"I probably will take it when it’s recommended for someone in my age group," Emma Singleton of Middletown said.

"I don’t like wearing the mask whatsoever," Chris Brown of Cromwell said. "I’d rather do that then take a vaccine."

"I wouldn’t take it because there’s not enough information about it yet," Stacey Finn of Cromwell said Thursday. "So I wouldn’t take it and I wouldn’t give it to my kids either."

Michael Urban, Director of the Doctorate Occupational Therapy program at the University of New Haven has also heard these claims.

"The FDA is not going to let a drug be put through blindly," Urban said. "So there will be a lot of safeguards that are going to to be tracked and monitored. A lot of the red tape and paperwork is what the FDA is sort of removing from the process."

Lamont announced the creation of the advisory group last month following a meeting with the vice president’s Coronavirus Task Force.

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Members of the advisory group are charged with the task of advising the governor on preparations for a potential COVID-19 vaccine, “including the optimization of a statewide vaccine distribution strategy, and communicating critical medical information about the vaccine with the state’s residents.”

The COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group is administered by staff from the state’s Department of Public Health.

When the formation of the group was announced, Vice President Mike Pence had said a vaccine was not expected for wide distribution before the end of the year, but states are being urged to prepare.

On Thursday, Gov. Lamont shed some light on how the vaccine would be distributed.

"The vaccination will happen in a couple of phases. We're thinking about the critical workforce, otherwise known as the essential workers. We want to make sure they're vaccinated and feel safe to be able to be at work, and those high-risk individuals. Those who are most vulnerable. Those will be some of the priorities we have," he said.

Meanwhile, the state plans to break down distribution into phases beginning with essential workers and those in the high-risk category.

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