New Hampshire is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccines to include anyone older than 16, regardless of residency. “Whether you live in Boston, Maine, Vermont, New York, doesn’t matter, come on in, get your vaccine,” Gov. Chris Sununu said at a news briefing last week.
In defense of the decision, Scott points to an “unacceptable disparity” in the pace of vaccination for Vermonters who are BIPOC. What Scott fails to acknowledge is that the disparity is the direct result of his own policies.
On Friday, the House Education Committee discussed new rules that schools must follow under the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions, which haven’t changed since October. Among other things, vaccinated and unvaccinated students may have different guidelines.
What do the three states with the highest COVID-19 cases per capita over the last week have in common? None of them are governed by Republicans. What do the three states with the lowest unemployment rates have in common? None of them are governed by Democrats.
Vermonters’ liberties have been compromised in numerous ways because of COVID: mask mandates, business and school closures, freedom of worship, assembly, speech, and travel — and now a vaccination identification card? Vermonters will gather May 1 at the Vermont State House to discuss these many encroachments on freedom.
The Excelsior Pass, launched in early April, is the nation’s first state-sponsored COVID-19 vaccine passport program. The program enables private venues such as concert halls and arenas to scan a QR code on New Yorkers’ phones to verify their vaccine status prior to granting entry.
A panel discussion hosted by the non-profit Alliance for a Better Vermont took a look at whether a $150 million investment in broadband infrastructure would help support Vermonters’ Covid-related new online lifestyle.
Questions were raised about whether the Newport coronavirus outbreak could have been caused by mouth-to-mouth transfers of synthetic narcotics prescribed to prisoners but then used as “currency” with fellow inmates. Media and other biases are evident in the way in which these issues are addressed.
Gov. Phil Scott and his Administration presented a plan to strategically invest $1 billion in one-time federal money provided to states to jumpstart recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic and support long-term economic growth.
Six Vermonters are awaiting a judge’s decision on their lawsuit against Gov. Phil Scott, Attorney General TJ Donovan and Health Commissioner Mark Levine for what they say is an egregious abuse of power to control people’s lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Vermont Forward Plan uses vaccination rates as the key milestones for transitioning Vermont businesses to more general, universal guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19; modifying travel guidance; and when gathering size can increase between now and July 4.
“Unfortunately, the legacy of racism in America, and in Vermont, still drives a lot of anger and fear. Recently, my office, the Health Department and those hardworking individuals getting us vaccinated, have been subjected to vitriolic and inappropriate comments in social media and other forums regarding this decision.”