Know the truth about the COVID vaccine

MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccines were developed too fast to be safe.FACTS: It’s understandable that people would have this concern. The vaccines were rolled out in record time, two of them using a novel technology. The government entity that led the effort was even called “Operation Warp Speed.”But in reality, the mRNA technology behind the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been in development for nearly two decades, and a key feature of the technology is its ability to make vaccines quickly.In testing the vaccine … (read more)

Hesitant at first, but glad they got the shot

Better late than never, as the saying goes.Massachusetts residents who only recently got immunized against COVID-19 cited a variety of reasons for waiting: a torrent of misinformation on social media, concern that the vaccine would exacerbate preexisting … (read more)

Levine urges Vermonters to talk about vaccine

Health Commissioner Mark Levine told Vermonters on Tuesday that the best way to create a wall of protection against COVID-19 this fall and winter is to get vaccinated — and to talk to their family members about getting the vaccine, too.Roughly 82.4% of Ve … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Vax effort is how to deliver care

Let’s hope Vermont is looking in the rearview mirror at the coronavirus pandemic. Have we learned anything about health care?Most people agree that Vermont did better than most states at controlling the spread of the virus, and now, with 80% of the eligib … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Many help build trust in vaxxing

I think often of what a privilege it is to live in the most vaccinated county in the most vaccinated state in the union. We have many good institutions and leaders to thank for that status — our schools and churches, Middlebury College, our governor and l … (read more)

Gov. Scott sets 80% vaccination rate goal

Gov. Phil Scott announced at the Friday, May 21, press conference that when 80% of Vermont’s eligible population — those age 12 and older — have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state will enter Step 4 of the Vermont Forward plan an … (read more)

Editorial: A win-win for Vermont

That Gov. Scott set a goal of dropping all COVID-19 restrictions once the state hits 80% of Vermonters vaccinated is a worthy strategy for getting stragglers into and through the vaccination program. It’s also kind-of fun: there’s a reward for helping the … (read more)

Pediatricians help promote vaccines

MILTON — Becca Brynga of Milton is pro-vaccine.Brynga received her second Pfizer dose about a month ago, and her two kids — a 13-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son — have received every vaccine available to them.But the relative newness of the COVID-19 … (read more)

Editorial: Of children and the vaccine

When it comes to parents being unsure of whether they should give their children the vaccine to prevent contracting COVID-19, we get it. Parents are naturally protective; we are momma or papa bears protecting our cubs. It’s an instinct that lasts long int … (read more)

J&J vaccine appointment cancelled – What now?

I opted for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 because I wanted to get the whole vaccination process over with as quickly as possible. One and done sounded fun to me. Instead, I got days of agony and anxiety and cancelled appointments. Many fo … (read more)

College, VA to offer vaccine clinic for veterans

UPDATED: The VA will be vaccinating vets in Middlebury with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.   MIDDLEBURY — The White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System and Middlebury College are partnering in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. On April 10  … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Vaccine givers lacked gloves

I was pleased to see the Vermont National Guard stepping up to provide COVID-19 vaccine to teachers in a photo spread in the March 18 Addison Independent, however I was shocked to see Guard members preparing vaccine without wearing gloves. There were seve … (read more)

All Vermont adults can sign up for vaccine by April 19

VERMONT — Gov. Phil Scott on Friday announce that all Vermonters will be eligible to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations by April 19. At his semi-weekly press conference, Scott released the order in which the rest of the Green Mountain State residents will … (read more)

ACSD educators in line for vaccinations

MIDDLEBURY — Hundreds of Addison Central School District educators will get access to COVID-19 vaccinations at a special clinic to be offered at Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday, March 16. The Vermont National Guard will coordinate the event, which … (read more)

Vaccinated Vermonters may get together, Middlebury College student restrictions easing

Gov. Phil Scott announced at Friday’s press conference that effective March 5, people who are vaccinated can gather with other vaccinated individuals at their homes. “For example, if eight fully vaccinated individuals wanted to get together at someone’s h … (read more)

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