BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Some Vermont pharmacies could resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 as early as Monday, but state clinics for the single-shot vaccine are due to begin on Tuesday, officials said.

As of Monday morning, a drive-up clinic scheduled for Tuesday in Barton had more than 250 available appointments, said Bennett Truman, spokesperson for the Health Department.

The state announced over the weekend that the vaccinations would start up again after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized its use despite a rare risk of blood clots. The experts said the vaccine’s benefits outweigh that serious but small risk.

On Saturday, Vermont began making appointments for clinics that will administer the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Clinics using the other, multi-shot vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, have been taking place as usual.

The most recent statistics from the health department show that almost 56% of Vermonters over age 16 have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 38% are fully vaccinated.

VACCINES FOR HOMELESS

Two free vaccination clinics are being held this week for homeless and housing insecure Vermonters in the Barre area.

They take place Monday at the Hilltop Inn in Berlin and Tuesday at the Old Town Hall in Barre, WCAX-TV reported. No registration is required.

Organizers are concerned about the health and safety of the 350 homeless people in the area, said Rick DeAngelis, executive director of Good Samaritan Haven.

“And secondly, some people who are homeless have lifestyle issues, whether it be alcohol or drug abuse, that I think put them in a special area of risk in terms of contracting a virus (and) of spreading it to others,” he said.

About 200 Moderna vaccines are available this week. More pop-up clinics will be held in four weeks for people to get their second shots.

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NUMBERS

On Monday the Vermont Health Department reported 35 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic to nearly 22,620.

The state reported there were 23 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including five in intensive care.

The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Vermont remained at 244.

The AP 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 150.43 new cases per day on April 10 to 80.00 new cases per day on April 24.

The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 0.29 deaths per day on April 10 to 0.29 deaths per day on April 24.