COVID-19 Vaccine

A yellow sandwich board reading "glover ems vaccine clinic J&J shot 9-10:30 am" with people standing in the background
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Gov. Phil Scott announced today he’s lifting remaining pandemic restrictions after Vermont reached 80% of people ages 12 and older receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The largest U.S. database for detecting events that might be vaccine side effects is being used by activists to spread disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

Brattleboro is one of two rural towns in the U.S. considered for a refugee resettlement program. Plus, the 80% vaccination mark, masks on buses, and carbon emissions.

A banner advertises a state-run vaccination clinic across the top of the entrance to the industrial-looking Holiday Inn in Rutland.
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Vermont is inching its way closer to its 80% vaccination goal, which means the Scott Administration could lift all COVID-19 restrictions this weekend. How are you feeling about returning to "normal"? VPR's Bob Kinzel and Mitch Wertlieb host today's hour to take your calls and thoughts.

Fifteen months into the pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a mandatory workplace safety rule aimed at protecting workers from COVID-19. But it only applies to health care settings, a setback for unions and worker safety advocates who had called for much broader requirements.

Rural communities outside America's cities are falling further behind in the race to vaccinate against COVID-19 as President Joe Biden's Fourth of July goal to reach 70% of American adults looms over the horizon.

A man wearing a blue t-shirt and a light blu medical face mask draws a vaccine from a bottle into a syringe in a concrete building, at a state run vaccination clinic. He has a buzzed head and is wearing glasses.
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 After a major effort to make COVID-19 vaccines readily available throughout the state, the Scott administration has almost reached its goal of having 80% of eligible Vermonters vaccinated. In our weekly health update, we find out what this means for Vermont and answer your questions.

A new kind of COVID-19 vaccine could be available as soon as this summer.

It's what's known as a protein subunit vaccine. It works somewhat differently from the current crop of vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. but is based on a well-understood technology and doesn't require special refrigeration.

One million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are heading to Mexico from the U.S. with most of the shots set to service resort areas and spots along the border.

A black sandwich board with neon paint and a Spectrum logo advertises COVID-19 vaccines in a brick courtyard.
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The state of Vermont is on the verge of reaching its vaccination goals, which will allow it to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the very near future. What does this mean and how will these changes affect our behavior going forward? In our weekly health update, we put these questions to the Vermont Department of Health, and we also hear from you.

How teaching a language became a book -- and a business. Plus, more people out and about, fighter jets in southern Vermont, and a vaccination rate approaching 80%.

The last time Here & Now spoke to pandemic expert and Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett, she said “the gates of Hades have been opened” as the virus ripped through the U.S.

This was in November of 2020, just after the massive, maskless Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota ignited the spread of the virus around the country.

A summer road stretches to a blue sky
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On May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents ages 12-15. Two days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended its use. Exactly a week after that, 13-year-old Ethan Gann of East Hardwick got his first shot.

What it means for 12-15 year olds to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, discipline disparities in Burlington schools, Castleton’s middle school closing, and COVID-19 vaccination progress.

Updated May 25, 2021 at 2:42 PM ET

The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program has gone from zero to 50% in less than six months.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Biden administration said, half of the country's adults are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

"This is a major milestone in our country's vaccination efforts," Andy Slavitt, a White House senior adviser on the COVID-19 response, said during a midday briefing. "The number was 1% when we entered office Jan. 20."

COVID-19 vaccines for Vermonters experiencing homelessness. And how the state remembers historical figures who are BIPOC.

Trials of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine show that it's safe and effective for teenagers, the company said Tuesday — a finding that could boost supply ahead of the start of the new school year this fall.

"We will submit these results to the U.S. [Food and Drug Administration] and regulators globally in early June and request authorization" for use in kids ages 12 to 17, Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said.


In 25 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, more than half of adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the latest CDC data.

Efforts to protect a threatened species of turtle. Plus, a rising vaccination rate, state pensions, and 301 kinds of bee.

Restaurants are among the countless businesses trying to chart next steps given the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it's OK for fully vaccinated people to go unmasked outdoors and indoors.