“It feels amazing,” said Emily Bissonnette, right after her 7-year-old daughter got vaccinated against Covid-19. “I’m tearing up a little bit.”
If federal agencies give the green light next week, clinics in the state for children ages 5 to 11 would likely begin around Nov. 8.
Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday that 23% of active Covid-19 cases in Vermont right now are among Orleans County residents, who make up only 4% of the state’s overall population.
The county of 27,000 residents has in recent weeks emerged as a virus hotspot. “People are pretty frustrated and disoriented,” one resident said.
Masking and vaccination recommendations are included for K-12 sports this winter.
The state’s seven-day average for new infections has remained above 200 cases per day for two weeks.
Vermonters can get Covid-19 vaccination booster shots produced by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson starting Friday, according to the governor’s office.
The Pfizer, Moderna and JnJ boosters are now available to many Vermonters. Here are answers to commonly asked questions about these extra shots.
Roughly 95,000 Pfizer recipients in the state are newly eligible for a booster shot, but so far, uptake has been fairly slow.
State government employees also face a mandate, but the vaccination rates are running lower than at most hospitals.
The state is offering boosters amid a near-record in hospitalizations during the Delta surge.
The administration wants all staff vaccinated, while the union wants to continue the pandemic-long mask mandate with optional vaccines instead.
High-risk Vermonters over age 16 who got their second Pfizer shot at least six months ago would also become eligible once new federal guidelines are finalized, state officials said on Tuesday.
In the coming weeks, Pfizer and BioNTech could be the first Covid-19 vaccines available to kids under age 12. Whether they become required for school children is another story.