Those age 80 and older may sign up for a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine starting Friday morning. Over the following week, eligibility will gradually be extended to those age 65 and older, state officials said.
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.
As cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 increase, more bars and indoor live music venues are asking customers for proof of vaccination. But the state’s biggest live-music venue, with outdoor concerts only, is resisting the trend for now.
As colleges prepare for student arrivals in the next few weeks, they are also choosing how to enforce their Covid-19 vaccination policies. Among Vermont colleges who have shared campus vaccination rates with state officials, about 90% of students are fully vaccinated.
The head of the Vermont State Employees’ Association said that the negotiations need to take into account what will happen to workers who refuse to take the shot. The discussions come as two correctional workers at the Newport prison tested positive for the coronavirus.
About 14,000 Vermonters are collecting unemployment benefits. Most will lose supplemental federal benefits in a couple weeks.
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The Vermont-National Education Association would “absolutely” support a mandate to vaccinate or be tested, whether put forward by the state or individual districts, said Darren Allen, a spokesperson for the union.
The Burlington-based institution says it also expects everyone on campus to be vaccinated against Covid-19, but only students are required to be vaccinated.
Several hospitals in the state now have vaccine mandates, while others are discussing the need for such a policy in highly vaccinated Vermont.
The recommendations, announced last week, encourage both vaccinated and unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors.
Vermont plans to stick with its current vaccination strategy, which a spokesperson for the governor called “a global model,” and focus instead on increasing access to vaccines.
In Vermont, more than 77,000 shots are still waiting to be used, 8,000 of which expire in about a month. But despite the slowing pace of vaccinations, the Department of Health said Thursday that officials believe no portion of the state’s vaccine allocation would go to waste.
Some vaccine recipients develop Covid, but the protective power of the vaccines is evident.