Cardinal, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Johnson & Johnson are expected to pay up to $26 billion, but Vermont would get less than 1% of that total.
Gov. Phil Scott said the state could begin administering the one-dose vaccines again as soon as Tuesday.
If given the OK following Friday’s advisory committee meeting, Vermont could resume use of the halted vaccine as early as Tuesday.
Vermont service organizations canceled clinics for those experiencing homelessness after the federal government recommended halting the vaccine’s use. Some are planning to use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, while others are awaiting more information.
The Vermont Department of Health said Wednesday that college students who live in other states, and other part-time Vermont residents, may register to schedule vaccine appointments beginning April 29.
Gov. Phil Scott said the step would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to make sure they can register for a Pfizer vaccine, which is the only option for people in their age group.
Gov. Phil Scott has expressed confidence that Vermont can meet most of its reopening targets despite the J&J problem. The state’s reopening plan has several steps, allowing looser and looser restrictions, with a target of July 4 for a return to normal life.
VTDigger has compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the delay recommended by federal health agencies.
State officials sought to reassure Vermonters that the vaccine program is safe and that the risk of complications is far lower than that of contracting Covid-19. The Scott administration said those slated to receive the one-dose vaccine would be rescheduled.
The company failed to properly represent serious complications associated with transvaginal surgical mesh implants. The case marks the third multi-state settlement against manufacturers of the product in recent years.
At a news conference Tuesday, officials said that 179,600 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
At his Friday press conference, Gov. Phil Scott also said in response to a VTDigger report about wasted vaccine doses: ‘Had I known about it, we would have reacted differently.’
The company failed to disclose potential dangers of the product and misrepresented FDA approval, a violation of the Consumer Protection Act.
The lawsuit joins hundreds brought by local municipalities across the country against opioid manufacturers.