Thanks to the aggressive vaccine campaign here in Connecticut, things like outdoor graduations and parades may return this spring.

Now nothing is carved in stone just yet, but with plans in place to have a number of dedicated clinics throughout the state in April and May, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced this week that some of the restrictions that went into place last year regarding school graduations and town parades may actually be lifted.

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Opening up the availability of the vaccine to anyone 16 and over has created a pathway for the Governor's announcement. According to newstimes.com, here's what the Governor had to say about seeing these spring events return.

The decision to allow outdoor graduations and parades will likely hold unless something changes dramatically. Indoor graduations may also be possible if there is inclement weather. I know that’s important to a lot of you as you want to plan ahead. So plan on it. State officials are hopeful that 40 percent of all people age 16 to 44, who became eligible last Thursday, will receive at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of the week. The hope is then to reach 60 percent within the next couple of weeks. We feel that by the end of April, we will be in a much different position, and hopefully, a more confident position for what we can expect for the future.

So even though the state has seen an increase in cases of the virus over the last few weeks, the Governor is standing by his word to have these important events return.

State officials are reporting that some 288,000 first doses of the vaccine are scheduled to arrive in Connecticut this week, and that includes a larger number of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is just a one dose vaccine.

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