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Vermont expands booster vaccine program, adds ‘mix and match’

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 6:40 AM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Starting Friday, eligible Vermonters age 18 and older can get a booster vaccine that’s a different brand from their initial doses.

The Scott administration made the announcement Thursday night following the FDA’s authorization of all three vaccine brands. That means you can sign up for a Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson booster through pharmacies or your health care provider.

“As we get people boosted we will have even more protection. It’s important to do everything we can to slow down transmission and vaccines are the way to do that. And if the data shows that a booster gives you a stronger protection, then it’s important for folks to do that,” said Vt. State Epidemiologist Dr. Patsy Kelso.

In the new booster round, Vermonters can also mix and match brands. Pharmacies and doctors started allowing that Friday, but if you want to mix and match through a state clinic, you’ll have to wait until November 1 to sign up.

People can also contact their health care provider or a local pharmacy to schedule their booster, including: Costco, CVS, Hannaford, Kinney Drugs, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaw’s, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Bring your vaccination card with you when you get your booster shot.

Boosters are free and widely available to all Vermonters age 18 and older, based on eligibility factors below:

Johnson & Johnson

- Received your vaccine at least two months ago, and are

- 18 or older

Moderna and Pfizer

- Received your second dose of vaccine at least six months ago, and are either

- 65 or older

- 18 or older with certain medical conditions

- 18 or older and work in a high-risk setting

- 18 or older and are Black, Indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC), or age 18 or older and live with someone who is BIPOC

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