VDH COVID-19 Update: Vaccine signup for 16-18 starts Saturday

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VDH COVID-19 Update: Vaccine signup for 16-18 starts Saturday

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Scott announced today that Vermonters who are age 16, 17 and 18 can now make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine starting tomorrow (Saturday, April 17) at 10 am. All other 16 and older Vermonters can start signing up as early as 6 am on Monday. Scott does not believe the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for another week will hold up the state's overall vaccination schedule. But those Vermonters who had made a J&J appointment will have to reschedule. Also, the Vermont Department of Health is reporting 141 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths for a statewide total of 242. And the governor extended the State of Emergency until May 15. This is expected to last until at least the summer, as Scott extends it month-to-month.

COVID-19 Daily Update

April 16, 2021

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This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19

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Vermonters age 16, 17 & 18 can make their vaccine appointments starting Saturday (April 17) at 10 a.m.; All Vermonters age 16 and up will be eligible on Monday

State officials announced at Friday’s press conference that Vermonters who are age 16, 17 and 18 can now make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine starting tomorrow (Saturday, April 17) at 10 a.m.

In addition, on Monday, April 19, all remaining age groups - from age 16 and up - will be able to make vaccine appointments as originally planned, but at an earlier time than usual — starting online at 6 am.

The 16-18 age group was moved up two days ahead of schedule to allow 16- and 17-year-olds greater opportunity to get appointments for the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine they can receive. Eighteen-year-olds can get Pfizer or Moderna, but were included in the group since many are high school seniors, officials said.

“As you know, I’ve made getting kids back into school a priority,” said Governor Phil Scott. “This step will help give those kids the opportunity to register for Pfizer doses a bit earlier, which is their only vaccine option at this time, and possibly enjoy the end of the school year in a more normal way.”

He said he does not anticipate that it will increase in-person learning as the end of school year edges closer, but he hopes it will result in a more normal graduation and other end-of-year milestone events.

You can make an appointment by visiting healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine.

Learn what 16- and 17-year-olds need to know about making an appointment: https://apps.health.vermont.gov/COVID/faq/#4849.

Help us spread the word about these changes, especially if you have a teenager in your life!

Information about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause available in multiple languages

Visit our Multilingual Resources web page to find new videos about the pause in use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, created by the Multilingual Task Force. Written materials are also available in Spanish.

The videos are available in Spanish, Arabic, Burmese, French, Kirundi, Maay Maay, Nepali, Somali, Swahili, and Vietnamese. They are also available on the Multilingual Task Force’s YouTube page.

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Visit our newest web page to meet some of the state’s public health heroes who have shown exemplary service to their teams and Vermonters during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many, many more staff members who have quietly given everything they have to this response every day. We wish we could recognize them all!

To all Vermonters from your Health Department staff – thank you for the sacrifices you have made this past year. We here for you and in this with you.

COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on April 16, 2021

Data is updated daily.





New cases



(21,803 total)


Currently hospitalized




Hospitalized in ICU




Hospitalized under investigation




Percent Positive (7-day average)




People tested




Total tests




Total people recovered








Find more data on COVID-19 Activity athealthvermont.gov/currentactivity.

COVID-19 Vaccine Data

As of 12 p.m. on April 16, 2021

Data is updated Tuesdays through Saturdays.





Total people who have received least one dose of vaccine


(51% of population)


Total people who have completed vaccination


(34.1% of population)


Find more vaccine data on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard: healthvermont.gov/covid19-vaccine-data.

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