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Vermont vaccinates immigrants, refugees at clinic

February 8, 2021 GMT

WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Health has set up a pop-up clinic in Winooski to vaccinate refugees and immigrants in the area who are aged 75 and older.

On Saturday, 50 new Americans received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, WCAX-TV reported. It was the second clinic held for these populations.

The Health Department has been working with the University of Vermont Medical School, the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, and other organizations to provide information about the vaccine to these Vermonters in their native language.

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“For people who are 75 and older and have language limitations, you can imagine those barriers are even greater, so we really want to make sure we are breaking down those barriers,” Heather Danis, director of Burlington’s Health Department office, told WCAX-TV. “It’s a safe, effective vaccine, and we want to make sure everyone has that informed choice, so they can make the decision that’s best for them.”

The past summer, an outbreak of the coronavirus hit tightly knit immigrant communities in Winooski and spread to Burlington.

THE NUMBERS

Vermont reported 143 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, for a statewide total since the pandemic began of more than 13,040.

Nearly 60 people were hospitalized, with 17 in intensive care, according to the state Health Department.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 139.43 new cases per day on Jan. 24 to 133.57 new cases per day on Feb. 7.