BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A community group of members of Vermont’s minority populations is working to make sure as many residents from those populations as possible are vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Vermont Health Equity Initiative says it will be providing vaccinations for those who are Black, indigenous and people of color through July 10.
Clinics are being offered with support from the Vermont Department of Health and the City of Burlington.
So far, the initiative has collaborated to deliver over 2,800 total doses of the vaccine.
The group says that as of Monday, about 70% of white, non-Hispanic Vermonters in Chittenden County had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 58% of minority members had received at least one dose.
The clinics were established in an effort to close the racial gap in vaccinations to protect the larger community, and in response to the city of Burlington’s declaration of racism as a public health emergency in July 2020.
“We’re offering an in-person experience that has been missing for vaccinations for these members of our community,” said Belan Antensaye of the Racial, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Department of the city of Burlington and The Vermont Professionals of Color Network.
On Wednesday, the Vermont Department of Health reported 28 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to more than 23,650.
There were 12 people hospitalized in Vermont with COVID-19, including two in intensive care.
The state reported one additional fatality from COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to 252.
The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 80.43 new cases per day on April 26 to 59.29 new cases per day on May 10.
The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks. It was 0.43 deaths per day on April 26 and the same on May 10.