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%.
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.’
Covid vaccination registration just opened up Monday for Vermonters in their 20s, with 47,000 signing up so far.
At his Friday press conference, however, Gov. Phil Scott said that because of rising cases he was putting off his expected announcement of a ‘blueprint’ for a broader reopening.
Appointments opened Tuesday morning for the newest age group. In the first 15 minutes, the Health Department received 7,000 calls to sign up.
That figure is about 80% of the population 75 or older who are not already covered under vaccinations of long-term care residents.
Scott and other top officials may have been exposed to the virus during recent press conferences. A contract worker in attendance tested positive for Covid-19.
However, Gov. Phil Scott said the state is “at the mercy of the federal government” to receive enough vaccine doses to continue with the next phase for people 75 and older.
“These numbers alone are troubling. But it’s not just the cases, because positivity rates in our neighboring states are on the rise as well,” said Gov. Phil Scott.
Three-quarters of close contacts in Vermont are interviewed within 24 hours, but the number of close contacts rose dramatically in mid-November to 1,127 in a single week.
Employers are also strongly encouraged to ask employees if they attended multi-household gatherings, and winter school sports, which were to begin Nov. 30, have been postponed indefinitely.
A group of lawmakers rebuked Walmart, with six stores in Vermont, for not having applied.
The college, which had planned for students to return to in-person classes on Monday, now has a total case count that stands at 66.