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As 65+ group begins vaccinations, news on next phase coming Tuesday


Vermont Business Magazine As those 65 and older begin to receive their vaccines now, the Vermont Department of Health is preparing for the next eligible group called Phase 5. The VDH is expected to announce the parameters of that group at Governor Scott’s press briefing Tuesday, March 2. But Phase 5 will include those with high-risk health conditions and VDH will likely start signing Vermonters up before the end of March. See further information below.

Vermont is first using age groupings to determine who can receive the vaccine next based on our primary goal with vaccination efforts –  to save lives. After age, people will high-risk health conditions will be eligible to receive the vaccine. All of these phases will overlap.

Based on what we know now about how much vaccine Vermont will get from the federal government, it will probably take until spring to finish these groups.

This is an estimated plan and timeframe that could shift based on how much vaccine Vermont receives and how many people choose to get vaccinated when they are eligible.

AGE GROUPINGS

People in Vermont who are 65 years and older can make appointments now. People should make an appointment online. If they are not able to make an appointment online, they can call 855-722-7878Get appointment setting details here.

HIGH-RISK HEALTH CONDITIONS

After the age groups, the vaccine will be available to people in Vermont who have certain high-risk health conditions. These are medical conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as identified by the CDC. We estimate that this group will begin scheduling appointments in late March. This is only an estimate and could change based on the federal vaccine allotments we receive.

THE HIGH-RISK HEALTH CONDITIONS INCLUDED IN PHASE 5 ARE:

  • Current cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Heart disease, including heart attack, heart failure, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease (angina, acute and chronic ischemic heart disease), cardiomyopathies, and pulmonary hypertension. Does NOT include high blood pressure.
  • Immunocompromised (weakened immune system), due to solid organ transplant, blood, or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, or other causes; or HIV with a low CD4 cell count or not on HIV treatment; prolonged use of corticosteroids or other immune suppressing drugs.
  • Severe obesity (BMI of 40 or above)
  • Pregnancy
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Disabilities including chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome; intellectual disabilities (IQ of 70 or below); disabilities that compromise lung function (neurologic and muscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and multiple sclerosis).
  • Sickle cell disease

COVID-19 VACCINE DASHBOARD

The COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard is updated Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The data in the dashboard includes the vaccines available in Vermont (currently, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna). Data is based on date reported to the Vermont Immunization Registry and does not reflect date of vaccination. Information reflects counts reported by the end of the previous day. Data is subject to change.

The data in the dashboard includes the vaccines available in Vermont (currently, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna)



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