Coronavirus updates

Vermonters age 70+ register fast for vaccine

Starting 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, people in Vermont who are age 70 and older were eligible to make their appointment to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

As of the 11 a.m. regular press conference, 11,000 had already done so — about a third of the population in that age bracket, state officials said.

Call volumes were high that morning, Mike Smith secretary of the Agency of Human Services said  adding that the best way to register was  online at

The call center can be reached at 855-722-7878  and is open Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

There are enough slots at sites throughout Vermont for everyone who is eligible, he added.

The Health Dept. reported, Friday, that more than 33,500 people in the 75 and older age group have made appointments to be vaccinated. Approximately 19,000 Vermonters in that age group have received at least their first dose.

Vaccination sites are available around the state, and people can choose a nearby location when making their appointment.

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