VDH COVID-19 Update: State will take vaccinations to the people

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VDH COVID-19 Update: State will take vaccinations to the people

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 4:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The state is expanding its vaccination efforts "to meet Vermonters where they are" in order to get as many shots in arms as possible. This includes walk-in clinics at speedways with no registration necessary to college campuses to pop-up clinics. Governor Scott noted today that Vermont will apply to the CDC to obtain more vaccine from states not taking their full allotment. Arkansas, for one, has declined its entire next allotment. Vermont will get 19,230 doses next week. The state could get up to 50 percent more.

As of now, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not increasing because the manufacturing facility in Baltimore is not yet back on line. As of this morning, over 65 percent of Vermont adults have received at least one dose. They expect Pfizer to receive CDC approval to administer its vaccine to children 12-15 years old next week. There are about 27,000 Vermonters in that age group. They will need parental approval.

The governor said the state is on target to meet its next vaccine goal by June 1.

Also, the VDH is reporting today 75 new cases of COVID-19 with deaths holding at 249 statewide.

COVID-19 Daily Update

May 7, 2021

New or updated information is in red and bold

This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19

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Get Vaccinated at Speedway, Mobile, or Walk-in Clinics This Weekend

Vermont is offering special COVID-19 vaccination opportunities tomorrow (Saturday, May 8) at the Bear Ridge and Devils Bowl Speedways, with no appointment needed. These walk-in only clinics, held in partnership with the speedways and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams, will have Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Bear Ridge Speedway event, at 1058 Kidder Road in Bradford (Orange County), will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the Newport/Glover EMS. There will be 150 slots available.

The Devils Bowl Speedway event, at 2743 VT-22A in West Haven (Rutland County), will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Rescue Inc. There will be 180 slots available.

Eight mobile clinics in Essex County and one in Caledonia County this weekend will also offer Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You can make an appointment for the events through our website at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine or look at the list of walk-in slots available.

Additional walk-in clinic opportunities below:



10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Castleton University – Glenbrook Gymnasium

190 University Dr., Castleton

200 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine


9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Blue Mountain Union School

2420 US-302, Wells River

60 doses of Moderna vaccine



8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Green Mountain Mall

2000 Memorial Drive #14, St. Johnsbury

40 doses of Moderna vaccine


1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Rutland Holiday Inn

476 Holiday Road, Rutland

30 doses of Pfizer vaccine

Parents of 12- to 15-year-olds can prepare for anticipated FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine

Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said at Friday’s press conference that, as Vermont prepares for the Pfizer vaccine to be approved by the FDA for 12 to 15-year-olds, parents can also get ready to make appointments for children soon.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is meeting next Wednesday to consider approval and make its recommendations for this age, Dr. Levine said.

“If approved, we will be ready to open vaccination to this age group quickly,” he said. “So, if you have a child in this group, start planning ahead by creating an account on our website. Or if you already have one, you can add your child to your own account as a dependent. Then you’ll be prepared to make their appointment when we open registration.” 

You or your child may already have an account from being tested for COVID-19 through a Health Department site, so now is a good time to check.

Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said the state will offer school-based sites to make it more convenient for students, and all of these sites will be open to the public. Officials expect to have more information next week.

Sec. Smith also added that as of today, anyone who lives out of state but works in Vermont — regardless of their occupation — is eligible to make an appointment for, or walk in to, Vermont vaccine clinics.

New on healthvermont.gov

COVID-19 vaccines prevent most people from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. However, a very small number of fully vaccinated people will still get infected with the virus. This is called “vaccine breakthrough,” and it happens with any vaccine, including measles, mumps, flu and others.

There were 161 vaccine breakthrough cases among Vermonters. These cases represent a small portion, about 0.06%, of the fully vaccinated population.

Learn more in our latest Weekly Data Summary Spotlight.

Whether you traveled or have symptoms, COVID-19 testing is available

Remember, if you are unvaccinated (including children) and traveled outside the state, you must have a COVID-19 test within 3 days of returning to Vermont. For more details, visit our website.

And if you have any symptom, no matter how mild, such as a headache, cough, fatigue or a runny nose, it’s best to get tested. It’s also important to avoid going to work, school or other places until you receive a negative result. COVID-19 is a highly transmissible virus, and this is how we can each protect our loved ones and our communities.

If you have symptoms, talk to your health care provider. They can refer you for testing.

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still have COVID-19 and not feel sick. If you don’t have symptoms and want to get tested, there are many test sites now available around the state. It’s free and easy!

COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on May 7, 2021

Data is updated daily.





New cases



(23,393 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 May 7, 2021

Data is updated Tuesdays through Saturdays.

NOTE: Due to delays in some CDC reporting, vaccine data from 5/6 and 5/7 — related to approximately 6,600 1stand 2nddoses — will not be published on the vaccine dashboard until tomorrow (5/8).





Total people who have received least one dose of vaccine


(65.8% of 16+ population)


Total people who have completed vaccination


(46.7% of 16+ population)


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

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