More older Vermonters are eligible to sign up for booster shots against COVID-19 this week.
Registration opened Monday for Vermonters ages 75 and older to get the Pfizer vaccine booster. On Wednesday, people 70 and older can start signing up followed by the 65 and older age group on Friday.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
On Friday, those ages 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions or who work in certain occupational settings will become eligible for boosters, the state said. The state is waiting for guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the type of underlying medical conditions and occupational settings.
Booster shots are available where Pfizer vaccines are offered, including at a Health Department clinic, pharmacy or health care provider, state officials said. People must make an appointment to get a shot at a state clinic and are asked to bring their vaccine cards with them. Information can be found on the Vermont Health Department website.
The Vermont Department of Health reports that about 446,300 Vermonters have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and there have been 2,819 COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated, representing about 0.6% of that population.
Of the breakthrough cases there have been 76 hospitalizations and 33 deaths.
On Monday the Vermont Department of Health reported 197 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to more than 33,230.
There were 36 people hospitalized, including seven in intensive care.
The state has reported a total of 310 deaths.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 160.00 new cases per day on Sept. 11 to 199.57 new cases per day on Sept. 25.
The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the U.S.