Blog: Vermont still short of 80% vaccination benchmark, governor says – WPTZ

The Scott administration released new vaccination data Tuesday showing Vermont inching closer to having 80% of its eligible residents with at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a key benchmark at which all restrictions will end. Gov. Phil Scott said that 77.9% of residents ages 12 and older had begun the vaccination process as of Saturday. Updated figures reflecting vaccine data collected by the Centers for Disease Control through Monday were expected to be announced Tuesday evening or Wednesday, officials said.With Saturday’s figures, Vermont needs to inoculate roughly 11,346 more residents to reach 80%. Scott said the updated data from the holiday weekend may cause that number to drop considerably.”In all probability, we’ll be under 10,000 ,” Scott said. “So we’ll be just days away from hitting our goal.” Commissioner of Financial Regulation Mike Pieciak, who also serves as a point person for COVID-19 modeling and data, said as vaccinations rise, new infections of virus spread are quickly dropping. “With the country’s lowest new case rate, the lowest hospitalization rate, the lowest fatality rate and the highest vaccination rate, Vermont is again the safest state in the country from the risks of COVID-19,” Pieciak said. Two new cases of the virus were reported in Vermont on Tuesday, the fewest since late September. Department of Health data shows COVID-19 case rates declined in all 14 counties last week.Vermont currently carries the nation’s lowest new case rate, fatality rate and hospitalization rate, according to state-maintained data. It is also the only state that has not reported a COVID-19 death during the past 15 days.”We anticipate these favorable trends will continue into the foreseeable future,” Pieciak said, also noting that travel has already neared pre-pandemic levels. At the same time, state leaders urge those who have not yet started the vaccination process to do so. Thirty-nine pop-up vaccine clinics are scheduled through Sunday, with many offering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. View list of pop-up clinicsFAQ on vaccine registrationThe state is also hosting a series of vaccine clinics for restaurant, hospitality and tourism workers free of charge. Organizations with 100 or more employees can also request a vaccine clinic be hosted at their workplace. “We’re not resting on our laurels and slowing down vaccination efforts,” Scott said. “We’ll continue to do this work so that access is not a barrier.”This report will be updated.

MONTPELIER, Vt. —

The Scott administration released new vaccination data Tuesday showing Vermont inching closer to having 80% of its eligible residents with at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a key benchmark at which all restrictions will end.

Gov. Phil Scott said that 77.9% of residents ages 12 and older had begun the vaccination process as of Saturday.

Updated figures reflecting vaccine data collected by the Centers for Disease Control through Monday were expected to be announced Tuesday evening or Wednesday, officials said.

With Saturday’s figures, Vermont needs to inoculate roughly 11,346 more residents to reach 80%. Scott said the updated data from the holiday weekend may cause that number to drop considerably.

“In all probability, we’ll be under 10,000 [people],” Scott said. “So we’ll be just days away from hitting our goal.”

Commissioner of Financial Regulation Mike Pieciak, who also serves as a point person for COVID-19 modeling and data, said as vaccinations rise, new infections of virus spread are quickly dropping.

“With the country’s lowest new case rate, the lowest hospitalization rate, the lowest fatality rate and the highest vaccination rate, Vermont is again the safest state in the country from the risks of COVID-19,” Pieciak said.

Two new cases of the virus were reported in Vermont on Tuesday, the fewest since late September. Department of Health data shows COVID-19 case rates declined in all 14 counties last week.

Vermont currently carries the nation’s lowest new case rate, fatality rate and hospitalization rate, according to state-maintained data. It is also the only state that has not reported a COVID-19 death during the past 15 days.

“We anticipate these favorable trends will continue into the foreseeable future,” Pieciak said, also noting that travel has already neared pre-pandemic levels.

At the same time, state leaders urge those who have not yet started the vaccination process to do so. Thirty-nine pop-up vaccine clinics are scheduled through Sunday, with many offering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The state is also hosting a series of vaccine clinics for restaurant, hospitality and tourism workers free of charge. Organizations with 100 or more employees can also request a vaccine clinic be hosted at their workplace.

“We’re not resting on our laurels and slowing down vaccination efforts,” Scott said. “We’ll continue to do this work so that access is not a barrier.”

This report will be updated.

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