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Pfizer booster shots available to older Vermonters

Those who care for the elderly say it’s important to get boosters to the most vulnerable as soon as possible.
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 11:36 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 4:34 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Starting Friday, Pfizer booster shots will be available to Vermonters 80 and older. And soon, more people will also be eligible to sign up.

Right now, only Vermonters 80 and older can make an appointment. People in that age group are eligible as long as it has been 6 months since they received their second shot of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.

The state will also allow Vermonters 65 and older to begin signing up in the coming weeks.

But now more people will also be eligible. Friday, the state announced anyone 18-64 with underlying medical conditions will soon be allowed to make appointments, too. We expect to soon learn more about what conditions are included.

For those older Vermonters, registration for shots started Friday at 8:15 a.m.

Starting next week:

  • Vermonters 75+ can register on Monday.
  • Vermonters 70+ can register on Wednesday.
  • Vermonters 65+ can register next Friday, Oct. 1.

It is expected that booster shots will be approved for both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the coming weeks.

Those who care for the elderly say it’s important to get boosters to the most vulnerable as soon as possible.

“None of our staff who got it were hospitalized. But we lost four residents,” said Patricia Horn of Cedar Hill. “And it is so hard on our staff to see our people get sick and to lose people when we are working around the clock to not lose them.”

At the height of Cedar Hill’s most resident outbreak, 30 residents and staffers contracted the virus. However, the facility is now COVID-free.

Visit the health department’s website to find out where and how you can get your booster shot.

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