New CDC guidance expected this week is unlikely to impact Vermont, officials said at a press conference Tuesday.
Case counts have been increasing for the past two weeks in Vermont, though overall prevalence of the virus remains low.
Mark Levine asked people to listen to their loved ones in an “empathetic and nonjudgmental way,” and to make sure they’re consulting reliable sources and their health care providers.
Two-thirds of the 2,300 people now living in motels will be able to get an 84-day extension to make move-out arrangements, state officials said.
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.
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%.
At a press conference Friday, state officials also said that Vermont plans to bring students back in person next fall.
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 state is offering more walk-in vaccine clinics than ever — including several this weekend — as it aims to increase the convenience of getting vaccinated.
“If you’re wondering what to get your mom for Mother’s Day, which by the way is this weekend, send her a picture of you getting your shot.”
Vermont will no longer require people to wear a mask in distanced outdoor settings — whether they’re vaccinated or not.
Some states have started to turn down vaccine deliveries because demand has declined, Gov. Phil Scott said, but ‘that’s not the case here in Vermont.’
If given the OK following Friday’s advisory committee meeting, Vermont could resume use of the halted vaccine as early as Tuesday.
Covid vaccination registration just opened up Monday for Vermonters in their 20s, with 47,000 signing up so far.