BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (AP) – City of Brattleboro officials have passed a resolution demanding that masks be worn again in the city’s indoor public spaces.
The board of directors voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of the resolution, which must be approved by the Vermont health commissioner.
The board also unanimously approved a separate resolution encouraging mask wear and COVID-19 vaccinations, the Brattleboro Reformer reported.
Earlier this summer, the board voted to lift the mask mandate for people vaccinated in indoor spaces.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people should wear masks indoors in public in areas where levels of coronavirus transmission are “significant” or “high.” Windham County was seen as having “substantial” levels of community transmission last week, but that fell to “moderate” levels just before Tuesday’s meeting, according to the CDC.
“It’s not just going to go away,” Board member Jessica Gelter said of the virus. “I know that a city mandate when not implemented may seem unnecessary to some people, but I think it’s the strongest statement we can make that we want people to pay attention to. these guidelines coming from the CDC, guidelines coming from science. “
In other news related to the pandemic:
Vermont officially adopts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation for people with weakened immune systems to receive an extra dose, or booster, of COVID-19 vaccine.
âPeople should talk to their health care provider about their condition and the suitability of receiving an extra dose for them,â said Health Commissioner Mark Levine. âSome primary care providers are equipped to give an extra dose to those who are eligible. “
Although mass vaccination clinics are closed, there are still many vaccination sites across the state.
SCHOOL VACCINATION CLINICS
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday announced a series of school vaccination clinics for anyone 12 years of age or older.
Scott said the goal was to make it easier for young people between the ages of 12 and 17 to get vaccinated, but the clinics are open to everyone.
“The more students, parents and school staff we vaccinate, the better positioned schools will be to minimize disruption and have a healthy and successful in-person school year for our children,” he said. declared.
Clinics were held Thursday at Essex High School and Rutland High School and Friday at Mt. Abraham Union High School and Bellows Falls Union High School.
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