SVMC: COVID-19 Update January 15

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January 15, 2021
Vaccine Update
On Friday, January 15, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) released information about their mass vaccination plan. SVMC is working with the VDH to ensure local residents have access to the vaccine as soon as possible.
SVMC and Vermont Dept. of Health to Hold Online COVID-19 Info Session
When you have questions, you can rely on SVMC and its community partners to answer them. We are holding another online info session at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19. Megan Herrington, our district director of the Vermont Department of Health, will join our Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD.
Testing Recommended for All Who Have Gathered
We are charting more COVID-19 cases than ever. Dr. Marie George says that we need to increase testing to decrease the spread. Read More.
7 Facts about the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
A new vaccine is expected to increase the number of vaccines available by late winter. You can get the information you need to know here. Read More.
Case Counts in Your Town
Get the most accurate information about new COVID-19 cases in your town, county, and state are on your state's COVID-19 dashboard.
Your COVID Questions Answered
See the latest questions from our community members, along with answers from our experts, here.
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