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Vaccine clinics for Vermont minority communities to continue through mid-July

Published: May. 12, 2021 at 11:43 PM EDT|Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 6:55 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont now ranks first in the nation for vaccine administration after nearly 70% of adults have received at least one vaccination. Chittenden County’s rate stands at 75%, a figure that Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said on Wednesday is very good news.

“Today’s release of data from the Department of Health show just two new cases here in Chittenden County, which is the lowest figure we have seen since sometime last October,” said Weinberger, D-Burlington.

He attributed plummeting COVID numbers to the vaccine uptake among adults as well as 70% of 16- and 17-year-olds being vaccinated.

The mayor also announced vaccination clinics for minority communities will continue through July 10. Clinics will be made possible by a new organization called the Vermont Health Equity Initiative with support from the Department of Health and the city of Burlington.

As of Monday, they say 70% of white, non-Hispanic Vermonters in Chittenden County have received at least one shot, while only 58% of people of color had received at least one dose.

“The goal is to be the least clinical clinic the least medical medical experience anyone has ever had, so that they can disassociate from other negative experiences they have had and past harms that have been done on the BIPOC community. That includes greeters that look like you, that includes a really cool playlist Luis has made to make it feel like this is something we are celebrating. We are nearing the end of this phase of the pandemic,” said Belan Atensaye with the Vermont Professionals of Color Network.

So far, vaccination clinics for people of color have administered 2,800 doses of the vaccine.

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