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). Register for any time listed below at vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration (walk-ups are also welcome).
May 2021 Testing Availability:
For full testing details, translated materials, please click the “testing” tab on our COVID-19 page: winooskivt.gov/covid-19. For full details on testing and to view other testing locations in Vermont, please visit https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/testing.
All Vermont residents age 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
Johnson & Johnson Update: Vermont has now resumed use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Vermonters age 18 and older can sign up for clinics that offer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Some pharmacy partners, including CVS and Walgreens, are making plans to also offer Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You can contact those pharmacies to make an appointment or reschedule.
BIPOC Household Focused Clinics
If you or anyone in your household identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC), including anyone with Abenaki or other First Nations heritage, all household members who are 16 years or older have the option to get vaccinated at a BIPOC-focused community clinic.
To sign up in the Burlington area, please fill out the Burlington BIPOC COVID Vaccination form coordinated by the VT Racial Justice Alliance, The Black Perspective, the New Alpha Ministry Baptist Church, the UVM VT LEND Program, and the Vermont Professionals of Color Network. If you prefer to schedule your appointment by phone, you can contact the Burlington Resource and Recovery Center at 802 755 7239.
Updated Outdoor Mask Guidance
From the Vermont Department of Health: Governor Phil Scott announced today that as of May 1, masks will only be required outdoors in situations where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said this change is based on science that shows the risk of transmission when outdoors is very small. “This is why, now when you’re outdoors, masks will only be required when you’re in a crowd or with multiple households, where you can’t keep a 6-foot distance from others,” Dr. Levine said. “This is regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not.”
Examples of when you do not need a mask include: if you’re outside on a run, your family is on a hike or out for biking, your kids are having an outdoor playdate, you’re on the sidelines watching a baseball game or heading to the beach with plenty of space around you. “But, as before, if any of your activities turn into a crowded situation, have your mask with you in case you need it,” Dr. Levine said. He suggested Vermonters can decide whether they need a mask by considering three elements:
“You need two of these three elements. For example – if you’re outside and distanced, you don’t need a mask. If you’re outside and not distanced, wear a mask. And if you’re not outside, you should wear a mask and keep a distance,” he said.
View the Vermont Department of Health Mask FAQs.
Vermont Forward: Phase 2 Begins
From the Vermont Department of Health: Governor Phil Scott also announced that May 1 will mark the start of Phase 2 of the Vermont Forward Plan, which moves additional business sectors to universal guidance. This next phase also sets new limits on gatherings, including social gatherings at a private residence and events at a venue. For indoor gatherings, there can be one unvaccinated person per 100 square feet up to 150 unvaccinated people (whichever is less), plus any number of fully vaccinated people. For outdoor gatherings, there can be 300 unvaccinated people, plus any number of fully vaccinated people.
For full details, please visit vermont.gov/vermont-forward.