BIPOC Vaccination Clinics

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The Rutland Area NAACP will be collaborating with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) to provide access to and prioritize the equitable vaccination for COVID-19 of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) folks.

We will have clinic sites in Bennington and Rutland.

Bennington:

Location: Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St, Bennington, VT 05201

Times for all clinics:  9am – 2pm, 4pm – 7pm

Dates:  4/3 or 4/10 (first dose) and 4/24 or 5/1 (second dose)

Please schedule your vaccine appointment with Patricia Johnson by filling out the contact form, by email patricia.noel.johnson@gmail.com or by phone (802) 379-0511‬.

Rutland:

Location: Rutland High School – 22 Stratton Rd. Rutland.

Times for all clinics:  9am – 2pm, 4pm – 7pm

Dates:  4/3 or 4/10 (first dose) and 4/24 or 5/1 (second dose)

Schedule your appointment with La’Keiah Gillespie by filling out the contact form, by email lakeiahmg84@gmail.com or by phone 802-282-5121‬.

Eligibility

As of March 15, the following people are eligible to make appointments:‬

  • People 18 years or older with high-risk chronic health conditions – see descriptions below* 
  • People 65 years and older
  • People who work in the public safety system
  • Healthcare personnel
  • Teachers, K-12 onsite staff, and child care workers

If any of these eligible individuals is a person of color, they can bring their household members (BIPOC or not) with them when they come for their vaccine and those members will also be vaccinated.

Free transportation to/from the clinic is provided by the Department of Health.  

Interpretation services at the appointment can also be provided by the Department of Health.

Make a note that if the clinic dates do not work for you, the Vermont NAACP Branches are establishing a listing of community members of color who can be notified when they are eligible to receive the vaccine, so please still send your contact information on this contact form.

*HIGH-RISK HEALTH CONDITIONS INCLUDED IN PHASE 5

  • Current cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Heart disease, including heart attack, heart failure, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease (angina, acute and chronic ischemic heart disease), cardiomyopathies, and pulmonary hypertension. Does NOT include high blood pressure.
  • Immunocompromised (weakened immune system), due to solid organ transplant, blood, or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, or other causes; or HIV with a low CD4 cell count or not on HIV treatment; prolonged use of corticosteroids or other immune-suppressing drugs.
  • Severe obesity (BMI of 40 or above) Easy-to-use BMI calculator(link is external)
  • Pregnancy
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Disabilities including chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome; intellectual disabilities (IQ of 70 or below); disabilities that compromise lung function (neurologic and muscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis).
  • Sickle cell disease

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