COVID Update – Nov 2021

COVID Case Numbers Remain High

Now that colder weather is forcing us to spend more time indoors and the Holiday season is coming up, it’s important to consider how best to protect yourself and your community against COVID.

The best thing you can do to prevent severe illness is to get vaccinated when you are eligible. Everyone age 5 and over is now able to receive the COVID vaccine. If you are 18 or older, you are eligible for a booster shot (two months after your J&J or 6 months after your second Moderna or Pfizer).

Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of contracting and spreading the virus. And they are more likely to experience severe symptoms and require hospitalization.

Protect Yourself and Others

  • Get vaccinated
  • Get your booster shot
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms, may be a close contact, or have taken part in activities that could put you at risk, such as large gatherings or travel
  • Wear a mask in indoor public settings
  • Wash your hands

How to Stay Safe During the Holidays

Talk to your family and friends. Ask whether people will be fully vaccinated, or if extra precautions need to be taken for anyone at higher risk, such as wearing a mask when you’re not eating. The more people who are vaccinated around your table, the safer everyone will be. 

Stick with small gatherings and reduce your exposure.

If you feel sick or have any symptoms, stay home.

Get tested before and after gathering.

Visit the VT Dept of Health website to schedule your vaccination or booster.