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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: January 21, 2021

COVID-19 Information and Updates

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Latest Winooski Update - Thursday, February 25, 2021

Daily Testing Available and Encouraged in Winooski

The City of Winooski has partnered with the Vermont Department of Health and CIC Health to provide daily on-going COVID-19 testing in Winooski at the O’Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Ave). 

February & March 2021 testing availability:

  • Mondays / 2 - 8 PM 
  • Tuesdays / 9 - 3 PM
  • Wednesdays / 2 - 8 PM 
  • Thursdays / 9 - 3 PM 
  • Fridays / 2 - 8 PM 
  • Saturdays / 9 - 3 PM 
  • Sundays / 9 - 3 PM

To register, visit vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration (walk-ups are also welcome).

For full testing details, translated materials, and resources, please click the “testing” tab on our COVID-19 page.

For additional testing information and to view other testing locations in Vermont, please visit healthvermont.gov/covid-19/testing

During a press conference yesterday, Mayor Kristine Lott joined Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Health Commissioner Mark Levine to remind our neighbors about the many COVID-19 testing opportunities available in our region. As case counts rise in Burlington and Winooski, please consider getting tested if you have attended small gatherings, traveled, or are experiencing symptoms (even mild ones). 

Watch the full press conference.

Vaccination to Expand on March 1 to People Age 65 and Older

Beginning on March 1, Vermonters age 65 and older will be able to make their appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials said this expansion – coming less than two weeks after scheduling was opened to people age 70 to 74 – reflects both the great progress of the state’s Phase 3 vaccination program and the interest of Vermonters in getting vaccinated. 

Vermonters 65 years old and above will be able to make an appointment online at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine starting at 8:15 AM on March 1. Anyone who has previously been eligible to receive a vaccine continues to be eligible and can make their appointments now. Anyone who is unable to make their appointment online, needs help, or who wants to speak with someone in a language other than English can call 855 722 7878. If you are in the 65- 69 age group, please do not call to make an appointment until March 1. 

New users will first be asked to create an account, then they can select a place, date and time to get vaccinated. People who already have an account because they were tested through a Health Department site, will use the same account to make their vaccination appointment. Everyone can create their account now at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine. In fact, this is encouraged to save time when it is their turn to make an appointment. Read the press release.

Read the full press release.

Winooski Community Services Can Help with Vaccine Registration

If you are a Winooski resident in the current vaccination group, our staff can help you complete your registration on the Vermont Department of Health website. Two options are available:

1. Help via the Winooski Senior Center

  • Leave a message on our Senior Support line (24/7): 802 655 6425. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible!
  • Free public transportation to the vaccine site is available from the Vermont Public Transit Authority (VTPA). 
    1. To request a ride, please call 833 387 7200.
    2. Whenever possible, ride requests should be made 48 hours in advance. 
    3. People who are COVID-19 positive, symptomatic, or close contacts of COVID-19 positive people must be cleared for public transportation first. 
    4. These services are only available to people who are not currently a COVID-19 risk. 
    5. VPTA will bill the ride to the appropriate funding source (Medicaid, Elderly/Disabled program or a special federal source). 
    6. The actual rides are provided by regional public transportation providers using a combination of volunteer drivers in cars or vans/busses. 
    7. These rides are ADA compliant and will accommodate disabled people.
    8. Individuals who recently arrived from out of state still need to follow the isolation process before using public transportation.

2. Help via the Winooski Memorial Library

  • Schedule a vaccine registration help session by calling the Library: 802 655 6424
  • Use our "Browse and Borrow" appointment system to schedule a 30-minute support session
  • Just need the internet to make your appointment? In addition to our free indoor wifi, the Library also has a commercial-grade outdoor wifi access point. Sign-in to our network "Winooski Hotspot".

New Gathering Guidance for People Who are Fully Vaccinated 

Governor Phil Scott announced an update to the state’s policy on gatherings. Effective Wednesday, February 23, 2021, people who are fully vaccinated may now gather with one other household at time. A new travel quarantine policy (announced February 19) is also in place. People who are fully vaccinated may travel to Vermont and return from out of state travel without quarantine restrictions. Fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed since your final dose. These changes come following updates to CDC guidance that fully vaccinated people meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19. 

Read the press release.


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