Vermont governor launches ‘universal booster program’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Brent Addleman | The Center Square

Vermont is stepping up its efforts to have residents over the age of 18 fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gov. Phil Scott announced in a news release that he has directed the Agency of Human Services to launch a Universal Booster Program in an effort to control the pandemic in the state.

U.S. Department of State

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott

“Over the last 30 days, in a time of increasing cases in the low-risk age groups, we’ve seen cases in those 65 and older decline by about 2.5%. This is evidence that boosters are working to both keep cases lower in the at-risk age groups and, by further protecting the most at risk, they reduce hospitalizations,” Scott said in the release. “At this point, we need to shift to getting everyone boosted to help reduce the disruption of higher cases and minimize transmission to at-risk Vermonters, particularly through the winter months.”

According to the release, anyone who has had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is eligible for a booster shot two months after the initial dose, while those who received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine must wait six months before receiving booster shots.

According to the release, nearly half of state residents over the age of 65 have received a booster shot, which in turn can lower pressure on local hospitals.

The governor said an online registration system will be simplified to allow greater ease of use, and walk-ins will be welcome at state-run clinics, according to the release.

As part of the move, the governor said he has directed the Agency of Human Services and Agency of Digital Services to remove the list of criteria for booster shots and will work to utilize a simplified registration portal.

“We want to be clear: Everyone over age 18 should get a booster as soon as possible. If it has been six months since you received your Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months since your Johnson and Johnson vaccine, please make registering for a booster a priority,” Scott said in the release. “This will be the most important step you can take to help us get through this winter flu season and continue moving forward from pandemic to endemic.”

Vermonters can register for booster doses at healthvermont.gov/myvaccine or by calling 855-722-7878.

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31 thoughts on “Vermont governor launches ‘universal booster program’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

  1. So NOW it’s shown that Lockdowns (“Community Spread”), Vaccinations, Boosters and Masks do NOT WORK so Guv Picklenose wants MORE of the SAME? Funny too that Picklenose got HIS “Booster” up here @ NCH in Newport, his “visit” shrouded in secrecy w/NO notice for what ends? To avoid any QUESTIONS? Hecklers? “Science Deniers” who question HIS so-called “science” (like me whom he & Levine EJECTED from the “Press Pool”) and asked embarrassing questions using REAL PUBLISHED DATA? Prior to this Theater of The Absurd the Guv’s office would announce/post his schedule & allow the LOCAL media (like NEKTV) to attend but NOT Old Picklenose! If something doesn’t “work” just keep repeating it, in secrecy to avoid any questions of his & the administration’s true insanity of doing the same thing expecting a different result.

  2. I’m so old, I remember when Science was a process, not a body of knowledge, and it included a feedback loop to verify hypotheses and theories, that would invalidate them if proved wrong.
    Nowadays, we are told “Science” has all the answers, provided by witchdoctors like faux chi who dress up for the part, but actually know nothing that isn’t known.
    All these statements that the vax “will” do this, or the disease “will” do that, are nothing but projections that may or may not prove true.
    So much greed, shallow cya-kissers, I mean, these people better pray their atheism is correct, because I think they have hell to pay.
    All a person of any intelligence needs to do is to stop assuming the “experts” actually know anything, or care if they do, and that they are in it for the money and prestige, in too deep to turn back anyway; and see that they are really desperados on the run, fingered for their crimes, everybody knows it, even the media and politicians and weak-minded individuals who censor their own thoughts to block simple logic and conform…
    It’s so plain, so transparent, so evil…so big you can’t get over it, so wide you can’t get around it.
    Justice is inevitable. The dam will break. Terrifying and glorious it will be.
    Rittenhouse verdict is a good start. Keep the faith!

  3. Jay,

    One of the sad things about this pandemic is how facts and data have often been manipulated by those of all persuations trying to prove their point of view rather than seeking an objective analyisis of what is going on. Here is my attempt at an objective analysis for what it is worth.

    Covid-19 is a virus whose effects can be likened to pneumonia. Like pneumonia it can and often will be a cause of death particularly in the elderly and those with other health issues. Vaccines and flu shots can lessen the chance of catching disease, but not totally prevent it. Any vaccine also comes with its own risks which need to be weighted against the benefts.

    In Vermont over 99% of those over 65 are now at least partially vaccinated. These are the most vuneralbe to the effects of Covid-19, and any deaths among this population would be most likely from vaccinated people. The same article you cite, also finds that in the last seven days the rate of infection for unvaccinated people increased by 39% compared with a 23% increase for those fully vaccinated. Overall, also according to the article you cite, the chances of getting Covid-19 are 3.9 times greater if you are unvaccinated. Given the ablility of the delta variant to rapidly spread, it is likely we will all become exposed to it at some point and this should be a factor to consider in making whatever decision we choose regarding vaccines.

    Final decisions in Vermont regarding the benefits and risks of the Covid-19 vaccine and whether to take the vaccine rests with individuals and whether to require them as a condition of work or access rests with those responsible for health in their business and organizations.

    • The current statistics for November (through to the 19th), state that 13 of the 25 Vermont Covid deaths in November so far (52%), were vaccinated individuals. This is surely relevant given that 76% of Covid deaths in September, and 56% in October, were vaccinated people too.

      Furthermore, there have been zero Covid deaths and only 6 hospitalizations of Vermont’s children 18 years old and younger throughout the entire pandemic – from its beginning.

      https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/COVID19-Weekly-Data-Summary-11-5-2021.pdf

      Question #1: Why the push to vaccinate these children when they are already at such low risk?

      Question #2: Why does VBM not include this information in its reporting?

      Please watch this interview with Dr. Paul Alexander.
      https://www.theepochtimes.com/could-boosters-backfire-dr-paul-alexander-on-booster-shots-natural-immunity-and-the-failures-of-lockdowns-part-1_4115445.html

      • Clarification:

        First: The reference to VBM in question #2 relates to my response to a recent article in Vermont Business Magazine.

        Re: Your point that: “The same article you cite, also finds that in the last seven days the rate of infection for unvaccinated people increased by 39% compared with a 23% increase for those fully vaccinated.”

        John, this habit of yours, making false dichotomies, is perplexing. Your citation of ‘cases’ and the referenced time period (the last seven days) is a typical misdirection. I’ve been referencing vaccinated deaths over the last three months and the hospitalizations and deaths of Vermonters 18 years old and younger for the last year and a half.

        The ‘rate of infection’ is the least of our worries and can be based only upon the extent of Vermont’s testing. More tests = more infections.

        Hospitalization and Death are our primary concerns.

        Furthermore, the ‘rate’ (rate of increase) in this report is misleading as well, because the unvaccinated cohort does not include 100,000+- unvaccinated Vermonters, who curiously happen to be those Vermonters below the age of 18 years old referenced above. If you add those previously listed as ‘not eligible for vaccination’ into the unvaccinated cohort, the percentages change significantly.

        This explains to me why the State is pushing these vaccines on our children. Adding the age 18 and younger cohort to the vaccinated cohort of older people virtually assures that the vaccinated cohort statistics improve – because the children aren’t hospitalized, nor do they die, in the first place. Your citation of ‘cases’ is the only cohort supporting the State’s policies – and, again, it’s the least of our worries.

        Once more, over the entire time period for this pandemic (not just the last seven days), no child under the age of 18 has died from Covid and only six have been hospitalized. And they haven’t been vaccinated – until now. Meanwhile, more than half of all Vermont Covid deaths for the last three months have been vaccinated.

        Again, please watch the interview with Dr. Alexander.

    • Re: “Here is my attempt at an objective analysis for what it is worth.”

      Please, John. It’s a given that we’re all guilty of not wanting to hear a truth that destroys our illusions. You are no exception.

      This habit of yours, making false dichotomies, is perplexing. Your citation of ‘cases’, the ‘chances of getting Covid-19’, and the referenced time period (the last seven days) is a typical misdirection.

      I’m referring to vaccinated deaths over the last three months and the hospitalizations and deaths of Vermonters, age 18 and younger, for the last year and a half. Draw whatever conclusions you think appropriate. But you should at least compare apples to apples.

      Once more, over the entire time period for this pandemic (many months – not just the last seven days), no child under the age of 18 has died from Covid and only six have been hospitalized. They haven’t been included in the State’s comparative data and they haven’t been vaccinated – until now. Meanwhile, more than half of all Vermont Covid deaths for the last three months have been vaccinated individuals, despite (or because of) Vermont’s high vaccination rate. I’m just stating the facts.

      The State’s data is misleading because it references an ‘unvaccinated’ cohort that doesn’t include approximately 100,000 ‘unvaccinated’ Vermonters – who, curiously, happen to be those below the age of 18 previously listed as ‘not eligible for vaccination’. When the State begins to add them into the vaccinated cohort, because they are so unlikely to be hospitalized or die, the so-called ‘likelihood’ odds change significantly. This is nothing short of statistical bias. Do the math.

      Question #1: Why the push to vaccinate these children when they are already at such low risk?

      • It’s only perplexing until Mr Freitag and entourage are viewed as the thread-disrupting troll he is and sole reason for presence on TNR. He hates us hence the honey-coated horses***t he serves up.

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          Seven nations have suspended Covid-19 vaccines for younger age groups due to risk of heart inflammation.

          ▪️Taiwan suspends 2nd Pfizer vaccine for 12-17
          ▪️Sweden suspends Moderna for under 30
          ▪️Finland suspends Moderna for under 30
          ▪️Denmark suspends Moderna for under 18
          ▪️Norway suspends Moderna for under 18
          ▪️France suspends Moderna for under 30
          ▪️Germany suspends Moderna for under 30

          Meanwhile, the United States is pushing these same vaccines for children aged 5 to 11.

      • Jay,

        I appreciate the back and forth in oder to get at the truth wherever they may be. Facts are indeed often presented selectively used to make a point and this is clearly what we both do not want. I simply included some from the same article you cited as a source, that provided more information.

        So I am interested in what you have come up, not only for those below 18, but for all age groups in Vermont as this article was about “Governor Scott launching a universal booster program” which has nothing to do at this point with children.

        What are the rates of those in the same age group for the same time period regarding hospitalization and death for fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated people in Vermont? Is there any evidence of effectiveness of vaccines? If so how effective are they for each age group as the virus is more deadly to some ages than others? This would be truely helpful for those of us in Vermont in balancing risks and benefits of taking the vaccine and for those of us who might want it the booster. I

        • That’s a strange response. All of those questions from the guy who first said: “There is no question that those who are fully vaccinated have lower rates of hospitalization and death rates than those that are not.”

          Perhaps, if you watched the Dr. Alexander interview, as I recommended, you’d learn that many of the answers to the questions we are all asking haven’t been addressed – because ‘the State’ hasn’t asked the questions in the first place.

          After all, isn’t it obvious that booster shots are being recommended because the vaccines aren’t as effective over time as once thought? Is natural immunity more effective than the vaccines or the boosters? What are the long-term effects of periodic vaccines and booster shots on our natural immune system over such short periods of time?

          I can answer these questions. And so can you. WE DON’T KNOW!

          We don’t know because no one has studied this circumstance. They can’t find something out when they’re not looking for it. In other words, we’re winging it. If that’s the ‘scientific method’, I’ll eat my hat.

          So, how about you answer my question before we go further? After all, I’m not the one recommending everyone get vaccinated.

          Why the push to vaccinate children when they are, clearly, at such low risk? Especially when the efficacy of the vaccines and boosters, and their long-term effect on the natural immune system, are, just as clearly, in question?

      • Jay,
        The reason why the Governor and Health Commissioner are encouraging vaccines for children age 5-11, is that this is the age group with the highest rate of increase in new Covid-19 cases due to the highly contagious delta variant. While it is true , thank God, that no children in Vermont have died from Covid-19 , around 500 children have died from this virus so far in the U.S. . Having your children vaccinated at a time when cases in their age group are spiking is a reasonable option for parents to consider.

        In regards to half of all Vermont Covid-19 deaths in the last 3 months being from vaccinated individuals, it is important to note that in this time period that around 90% of Vermonters were vaccinated. This means the around 10% of Vermonters unvaccinated accounted for around 50% of the deaths in this time period.

        • Your persistent deflections are incorrigible. For you it’s always about ‘cases’ – because the statistics on hospitalizations and deaths don’t meet your narrative. And now you expand your argument to include that approximately 500 ‘children’ across the entire U.S. have died of Covid as justification for vaccinating all of Vermont’s children.

          Consider this:
          “July 2021 – (CNSNews.com) – Since the start of the pandemic 18 months ago, in January 2020, a total of 335 children ages 17 and under have died of COVID-19, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
          In that same 18-month time period, a total of 49,725 children ages 0-17 have died from all causes. So COVID deaths account for 0.673 percent of all deaths among children under 17, based on death certificates submitted so far to the National Center for Health Statistics.”

          Again, if you would consider ‘common sense’ and watch the Dr. Alexander interview, you would hear that children being exposed to Covid is a good thing. The more cases in children, the better – because they are at such low risk of hospitalization and death – while they develop significant natural immunity that is many times more effective than the vaccines.

          But here’s the real problem with your narrative, John. You can, in my opinion, persist in your illusion all you like. As can everyone else for that matter. But when you cite those illusions as justification for telling me how I should react to this pandemic, I will always hold you accountable.

          The same goes for ‘The State’. If it wants to mandate anything, first, stop hiding behind the liability immunity that remains in effect while the so-called Emergency Use Authorization remains the basis for these mandates.

    • Wrong again John/Jim Frietag – as usual. Your worldview and mindset are wrong headed however thru “Jim” prove you know all this.

      We have a right to own opinion – not own facts which follows predictable pattern as you attempt to conjure and pull out of thin air your “facts” and then dishonestly try to prove your fallacious comments. It’s not working btw.

      Dishonest attempt to portray a bioweapon created in a lab in Wuhan by Tony Fauci working in concert with Chinese Communist Party then unleashed upon our world using us as lab rats for another deadly bioweapon misnomered as a vaccine whilst exploiting the trust most people have in the vaccine industry.

      It does not meet the qualification of a vaccine and is in fact a gene-editing poison. Congrats dummies every one who receives even one dose will die withing five years. Killing the kiddos as the world elites don’t want to deal with the orphan crisis following mass death of parents.

      Chinese think they’re going to colonize North America and then the world firing a shot of a different kind as they don’t want to destroy the infrastructure using nuclear weapons that will contaminate ther newest conquest. And just like the Nazis before them belive they are the master race – which is why elites are exempt – so the joke’s on you and ‘vaxxed’ Jim Jones cult KoolAid drinkers lol drink deep fool, drink deep.

  4. Soo…’vax’ is government owned? Hence the killing fields purposefully billing us for killing us?…Nah nobody not even our Chucklehead Chancellor could be that that sinister…just another “conspiracy theory”… right?

    Fun fact: NIH umbrella = government-run Medical Industrial Complex > NIAID = Tony Fraudci
    Here It Is Evidence Your Government Is Working Against The People
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/u3gPsrJFiIsl/
    NIH:
    https://www.nih.gov/institutes-nih/directors-nih-institutes-centers

  5. Those of us involved in competitive sports or business are always looking for what can give us an edge on achieving success. Covid-19 and its variants will be with us now and in the future much like flu but with greater severity.

    Vaccines provide an edge over disease. There is no question that those who are fully vaccinated have lower rates of hospitalization and death rates than those that are not. With the overwhelming prevalence of the highly contagious delta vairant, there is justification in looking at ways, such as a booster shot, that can blunt its affect.

    Governor Scott is fulfilling his obligation as our chief executive to do what he feels is best for public healh during this pandemic. He is relying on encouragement, not broad public mandates, and is not willing to overstep his authority be reimposing a state of emergency. We are fortunate to have him and not David Zuckerman, his opponent in the last election, as our governor.

    • Re: “There is no question that those who are fully vaccinated have lower rates of hospitalization and death rates than those that are not.”

      Not so. There are, indeed, questions. But if you persist in ignoring those questions, you won’t be able to answer them.

      Re: “…there is justification in looking at ways, such as a booster shot, that can blunt its (the virus’s) [e]ffect.”

      Yes, this is true. But there is also justification for looking at other ways “..that can blunt its [e]ffect” too. After all, it appears that those who are vaccinated must now get a booster shot every six months or so for the foreseeable future – or, at least, until a more effective vaccine comes along. Or, perhaps, until natural immunity, the use of other early infection therapies, and monoclonal antibodies are considered in dashboard reports. But again, if you don’t look for something, you’ll never find it.

      Re: “We are fortunate to have him (Scott) and not David Zuckerman, his opponent in the last election, as our governor.”

      On this point, I agree.

      “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

    • Re: “Vaccines provide an edge over disease.”

      Really?

      Just yesterday, 11-19-21, according to VT Digger, 52% of November Covid deaths to date have been vaccinated people.
      “Twenty-five people have died from Covid-19 so far in November, … 13 new deaths among vaccinated people.”
      https://vtdigger.org/2021/11/19/vermont-reports-highest-hospitalizations-of-delta-surge/

      This follows vaccinated people accounting for 57% of Covid deaths in October and 76% of Covid deaths in September.

    • Everything you said is complete unadulterated bs – and have managed to out-bs self which is not easy to do – at least you’re consistant 😉

  6. Since the jab has been found to only have some effect maybe for 3 months this
    will become a seasonal ritual, one for summer, one for fall, one for winter, and one
    for spring… but your still not protected from the covid crud and you still can spread
    a increasing strength crud and you can still die being full vax’ed up…. what a
    wonderful government program..

    If Scott want’s to do something useful how about
    having little tj investigate why the CMS (medicare/caid) are paying bounties to
    hospitals and docs for following their failed treatment of the crud and making covid
    diagnosis profitable…

  7. So, get a booster of the same stuff that didn’t work the first time. How many more boosters will be needed to get out of this mass psychosis perpetrated by the government, the media and those making billions on this experimental gene therapy?

    • Easy, Mike. While the vaccines may actually a biological weapon, as some say, I think we have to say that the Governor is a well-meaning but misguided person. Fauci– well, that’s another story. I’d say that Fauci is deeply compromised and dishonest and callous.

    • Whats a few injectable bioweapons among friends – right Mr Freitag, least you’re consistant in unwavering support no matter how naziesque Chancellor Chucklehead waxes

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