COVID-19 Vaccine Update

State of Emergency Extended

On Friday, Gov Scott signed Addendum 10 to Executive Order 01-20 to extend the current State of Emergency through Feb 15. While Vermont continues to have the lowest case counts in the country, our numbers remain high and are forecast to rise through mid-February.

Vaccine Distribution is Underway

Vermont is taking a phased approach, using age groupings, to determine who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Those in Phase 1, which includes health care workers and residents of long term care facilities, are currently being vaccinated.

Phase 2, which includes Vermonters aged 75 and older, will begin registration on Jan 25. Vaccinations for Phase 2 will begin on Jan 27. The next phase after that will be people aged 70 and older, then age 65 and older.

As each age group becomes eligible for the vaccination, the Dept of Health will announce how people can register for appointments and where they will receive the vaccination. Do not contact your health care provider. Registering for the vaccine must be done through the Vermont Department of Health. It’s recommended that people use the online registration, if possible, in order to avoid overwhelming the phones.

The link and phone number for Phase 2 registration will be posted on the Vermont Department of Health website on Jan 25.

We do not know enough yet to determine whether or not you can transmit the virus after you have been vaccinated. Until we learn more, we all must continue to follow the guidelines to stay safe: wear a mask, stay 6 feet away, wash your hands.