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Walk-in vaccine clinics at July 4th celebrations in Vermont

July 1, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A number of walk-in clinics issuing the COVID-19 vaccine, including some at Fourth of July celebrations, will be available throughout the weekend, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday.

“Even with our state’s high vaccination rate, we still need as many Vermonters as possible to protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated,” Scott said in a statement.

More than 452,000 of Vermont residents, or 82.1% , have already received at least one dose of vaccine.

Venues include a skate park, a church, and a flea market. On Sunday, the holiday, eight pop-up clinics are scheduled throughout the state. The Barton Fairgrounds, the Stowe Independence Day Celebration, and the Champlain Valley Expo are among the clinic sites.

Most pharmacies in Vermont are offering walk-in vaccinations, as well.

In other coronavirus-related news:

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HOSPITALS-AFTEREFFECTS

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While the most severe consequences of the pandemic are receding, there’s been a surge in emergency department visits and inpatient stays because of care that was delayed and a high volume of patients with mental health problems, a hospital network said Thursday.

The affiliates of the UVM Health Network made the observation in a statement on their Fiscal Year 2022 budget submission.

“We have worked hard to ensure the budget submitted is as lean as possible, but will allow these three hospitals to continue providing the care our patients need,” said John Brumsted, president and CEO of the network.

The hospitals are the UVM Medical Center, UVMHN-Central Vermont Medical Center and UVMHN-Porter Hospital.

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THE NUMBERS

On Thursday, the Vermont Department of Health reported two new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to more than 24,400.

There were five people hospitalized, including two in intensive care.

The number of deaths increased by one to 257.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont decreased over the past two weeks, going from seven new cases per day on June 15 to four new cases per day on Tuesday.