Several readers wrote to us this week to express confusion when the VTDigger Covid-19 tracker — fed by Vermont Department of Health numbers — showed a vaccination rate of 80.09%.
Vaccinations lagged in the first days of June, reaching a recent one-day low of 348 Vermonters receiving their first shot on June 3. But the pace has since rebounded to an average of 1,200 per day.
The numbers show a new record since the latest surge began in the fall: No communities are reporting the highest category of case growth, which is more than 80 cases per 10,000 people in a two-week period.
High vaccination rates are putting some at ease, but for other people with certain health conditions, it’s “first on, last off.”
Gov. Phil Scott has promised to fully reopen the state when 80% of Vermonters 12 and older are vaccinated. Last Friday, Vermont stood at 77.6%. As of Tuesday morning, it was at 77.9%.
The future’s looking good for most Vermont communities on the verge of a full reopening, Department of Health data shows.
Tourism businesses across Vermont are noticing leisure travelers trickling back into the state as they head into the first holiday weekend since Gov. Phil Scott lifted most Covid-19 restrictions on out-of-state travel.
At a press conference Friday, state officials also said that Vermont plans to bring students back in person next fall.
Vermonters said they had better work-life balance and a better environment at home.
According to data from a state report, about 0.5% of the population is starting vaccination each day. Scott believes Vermont could hit the 80% target as soon as Memorial Day if it has “good days,” but next week is more likely.
Only three communities in the state — Westfield, Averill and Brunswick — have more than 80 cases per 100,000 residents.
The governor said the full reopening of the state — originally planned for July 4 — could happen as soon as June if Vermonters hit this new benchmark.
The offer for a free small creemee applies on a first-come, first-served basis to 10,000 Vermonters who attend EMS clinics held across the state in celebration of EMS Week through May 23.
Cases are dropping in every age group, but they have fallen the most in age groups with a high vaccination rate.