Scott backs Biden’s COVID-19 winter plan

By Brent Addleman | The Center Square

Gov. Phil Scott praised the White House’s COVID-19 Winter Action Plan, saying the plan mirrors what Vermont is doing to protect its residents.

“President Biden [Thursday] outlined a strong plan to confront COVID-19 that will help the country keep moving forward,” Scott said in a news release. “Like Vermont’s current policies, it strongly prioritizes vaccines, boosters and testing. I share the President’s commitment to progress by prioritizing what we know will work best, which are not the broad restrictions of 2020, because we need to be able to bring Americans and Vermonters along with us 20-plus months into the pandemic.”

Scott said the country is “in a much different place today” than it was a year ago “with incredibly safe and effective vaccines” that are available to children over age 5 through senior citizens and “boosters available to maximize protection.”

“This pandemic is still being driven by the unvaccinated, and it’s more important than ever, as we head into the winter, to prioritize these proven strategies that work best, as we have in Vermont,” Scott said.

Biden’s action plan calls for protocols to address the omicron variant, in addition to encouraging vaccinations and booster shots, while pushing mask mandates on domestic flights to March 18. The administration also raised restrictions on international travelers, in addition to attaining a negative COVID-19 test no more than 24 hours before departure.

In Vermont on Friday, the Department of Health reported there were 482 new COVID-19 cases to push the state’s total to 51,619 since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 81 people with the virus hospitalized, and 22 are in Intensive Care Units.

The department reported the positivity rate of the past seven days is 5.1% and 548,466 tests were administered. The total number of tests administered is 2,601,798, and 41,669 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

The department reported there have been 416 total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of Friday afternoon, the department reported 495,800 residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 83% of residents age 5 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Vaccination efforts, significantly expanding access to at-home testing, exporting Vermont’s ‘Test to Stay’ program across the country to keep kids in school, and other initiatives outlined today are how we’ll continue moving from pandemic to endemic management of this virus,” Scott said. “The President’s focus and commitment is appreciated. My team and I look forward to our continued work with him and his Administration to make progress, keep Americans safe, the economy open and our country moving forward.”

Image courtesy of The White House

7 thoughts on “Scott backs Biden’s COVID-19 winter plan

  1. And what does the VT GOP going to do about this?

    What about science? What about our friends and neighbors needlessly dying because there is no leadership that will stand up and support alternative treatments that save lives and massive amounts of healthcare money?

    What do you have to lose?

    Are we Uniparty right or are we for science, truth and defending the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic?

    Here’s a great opportunity to expose the biggest sham the World has ever experienced. God Speed.

  2. Scott would do anything for Creepy Joe, if FJB said squat and take a sh-t Scott would ask how high and what color. Scott thinks Biden the pervert is the best thing since sliced bread. Creepy Joe has no idea what yr it is, where he is, and what time it is.. The only thing FJB knows what to do is sniff and touch little children and women.
    Phil Scott hasn’t the brains nor the courage to do the right thing in anything, especially here in Vermont.
    He is controlled by the deep swamp in Vermont. The legislature is in control. Remember 98% of the legislation is controlled by out-of-staters who moved here to change Vermont into the sh-t hole state they left.
    WE Vermonters the real VERMONTERS need to

    • Right on, Donna B.
      At least there is one person in this state who knows how to tie her shoes, and that is YOU!

      Thanks be to God.

  3. “This pandemic is still being driven by the unvaccinated.” That’s an utterly idiotic statement, with more than 90% of adults in Vermont vaccinated. Maybe there isn’t a pandemic at all and never was. That Scott is humoring this continuing panic in any way reveals his utter lack of principle and sense.

  4. Why are we not following Fla who has much lesser infection rate then us
    instead of the bozo who is wrong on every issue in all the 48 years he’s
    been a swamp creature…

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