21,000 Vermonters signed up Monday for Covid-19 vaccination on the first day of the 75 and over registration. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.
Once the Federal Drug Administration has given final approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, an employer may mandate vaccination for employees, Health Commissioner Mark Levine said at Friday’s press conference.
Responding to an inquiry by Ed Barber of the Newport Daily Express, Levine said “I can’t say that with certainty. I’d have to look into it. I hope there aren’t, honestly.” (To which Barber replied, “I understand that.”)
Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s administration recently initiated a COVID testing regime for a tiny rural church. Problem is, no congregant appears to have been infected, and the person whom the state says tested COVID-positive did not attend services — but the congregation was asked to get tested anyway.
Friday, the Vermont Health Department issued a press release claiming an attendee had tested positive and urged anyone who had contact with the person to get tested. The press release and subsequent media coverage prompted Pastor George Lawson of the New Hope Bible Church to investigate. He determined that not only was the person not present, but also had been tested three times – each time with negative results.
Statement from VT Dept. of Health about Thanksgiving: You are not allowed to gather with people you don’t live with. This includes gathering both inside and outside, and in public and private spaces.