New Guidance Expands Gathering Options for Vaccinated People in Vermont
Gov. Phil Scott announced at Friday’s press conference that effective (as of Friday), people who are vaccinated can gather with other vaccinated individuals at their homes.
“For example, if eight fully vaccinated individuals wanted to get together at someone’s house for dinner, they’re now able to do so,” Gov. Scott said. “This can also include one other household that is not vaccinated.”
Gov. Scott acknowledged this will likely lead to other questions, and he expects to have further announcements this week.
Vaccination Eligibility Expands Monday to People Age 55+ with High-Risk Conditions
Starting Monday, March 8, Vermonters ages 55+ with certain high-risk health conditions are eligible for FREE COVID-19 vaccines.
High-risk health conditions include:
Chronic kidney disease
COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
Immunocompromised / Weakened immune system
Severe obesity (BMI of 40 or more)
Diabetes (Types 1 & 2)
Disabilities, including chromosomal disorders, intellectual disabilities, and disabilities that affect lung function
Sickle cell disease
For a detailed list of eligible conditions and to sign-up for your vaccine, visit HealthVermont.gov/MyVaccine. If registering online is not an option, you can make an appointment by calling (855) 722-7878.
Please note: You do NOT need a doctor’s note or proof of a health condition to sign up. The Health Department may use the information you provide to confirm your eligibility, either through medical records or by contacting your provider. The department may also reach out to people who don’t have a provider to offer a connection to care.
Vaccination Information for Education and Child Care Systems
The K-12 education community and regulated childcare program staff will receive information on how and when they will be vaccinated, and instructions on how to register, directly from their employers.
Please do not try to make an appointment until you hear from your employer. Appointments will occur over the next few weeks. If you have questions, please contact your school’s COVID-19 coordinator.
New on Healthvermont.gov
It has been almost exactly one year since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Vermont. Since that time, numerous Health Department staff have been pulled from their regular duties to help respond to the pandemic, including the members of the Data Team who contribute to the Weekly Data Summary. This week’s spotlight showcases some public health issues and data that we would normally be highlighting, including:
Climate & Health
Non-COVID Infectious Diseases
Suicide Prevention & Mental Health
The Opioid Epidemic & Substance Misuse
Vermonters with Disabilities
Diabetes & Heart Disease Prevention
COVID-19 Activity in Vermont
As of 12 p.m. on March 5, 2021
Orleans County VT:
Hospitalized in ICU
Hospitalized under investigation
Percent Positive (7-day average)
Total people recovered
Find more data on COVID-19 Activity at: healthvermont.gov/currentactivity.
COVID-19 Vaccine Data
As of 12 p.m. on March 5, 2021
Data is updated Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Total people who have received least one dose of vaccine
(20.6% of population)
Total people who have received two doses of vaccine (completed)
Find more vaccine data on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard: healthvermont.gov/covid19-vaccine-data.
Additional Resources About Vaccination and More
Find answers to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine from the CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.