COVID vaccine: 61% of Shelton seniors 75 and older got the first dose

Beverly Rosner, of Shelton, receives the first dose of the two part Covid-19 vaccine from Raola Vigil at the Griffin Health vaccination center in Shelton on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Beverly Rosner, of Shelton, receives the first dose of the two part Covid-19 vaccine from Raola Vigil at the Griffin Health vaccination center in Shelton on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Brian A. Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

SHELTON — More than 61 percent of city residents 75 and older have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to state Department of Public Health data released Monday.

The data, as reported to the CT Immunization Registry, shows that, out of 3,416 people 75 and older in the city, 2,099 received the first dose of the vaccine with total first dose coverage at 61.45 percent.

Overall, state data show that a total of 5,069 doses of the first vaccine were administered to Shelton residents. That is 12.32 percent of the total city population of 41,129.

The news comes as state numbers show that another 325 Shelton residents tested positive over the past week, according to data released Jan. 31.

The city, like nearly all communities in the state, remains in red alert status. In the state DPH data released on Jan. 31, Shelton has had 2,703 confirmed coronavirus cases since the onset of the pandemic in mid-March.

There were no additional COVID-19-related deaths this past week.

DPH data shows 19,326 city residents have been tested through Jan. 31.

Shelton’s positive numbers saw a slight drop in the two-week data recording done by the state DPH. Over a two-week period, Jan. 10-23, 240 residents tested positive, a rate of 41.7 per 100,000 people. This was down from 280 over the previous two-week recording period.

According to data collected by the school district’s central office, four school community members tested positive between Jan. 26-Feb. 1, yet only two — an individual from Shelton High on Jan. 29 and another at Perry Hill School, also on Jan. 29 — required contact tracing, which has been completed.

None of the remaining positive cases — one each at Elizabeth Shelton School and Booth Hill School — required contact tracing.

Schools moved to all remote learning on Nov. 11 because of limited staffing. Schools reopened for in-class learning on Jan. 11.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com