Milford health director expects COVID vaccine later this month

Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph believes safe-practicing guidelines key to Phase 2.

Milford Health Director Deepa Joseph believes safe-practicing guidelines key to Phase 2.

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MILFORD — According to the Milford Health Dept., COVID-19 vaccines should be available in Milford later this month. Deepa Joseph,the city health director, announced while speaking virtually on Milford Mayor Ben Blake’s Minute with the Mayor / COVID 19 Vaccine video released to residents on Tuesday.

“Based on what we have heard from the federal and state government, we will start seeing the vaccine come into Milford later in December,” Joseph said.

According to Joseph, there will be two main phases of vaccine distribution.

“Phase I will focus on health care workers, critical infrastructure workers and first responders to make sure those people that are working in high-risk settings or with high-risk populations are protected,” Joseph said. “Phase II will be more of the general public.”

Whether residents should continue to wear masks is a popular question, according to Joseph.

“Everyone will have to hold on a bit longer wearing masks,” she said. “We will have to see how many people take the vaccine and watch the data from there ( and that is) when we will be able to loosen up on our strategies. Right now, we want everyone to keep using those mitigation (social distancing, washing hands, wearing masks) strategies.”

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