Vermont's high vaccination rates mean the vast majority of Vermonters are protected from the virus, which also helps keep the virus from spreading to others. With continued vaccination and common-sense personal prevention efforts, Vermonters can safely return to many of the activities they enjoyed before the pandemic.
Cases of COVID-19 have been rising this summer, in large part because of the highly transmissible Delta variant. The good news is the data shows that the vaccines do what they are supposed to do. People who are fully vaccinated are highly protected from severe illness, hospitalization and death.
Unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of getting and spreading the virus. We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to protect themselves by getting vaccinated as soon as possible. See where you can get your shot.
There are no state COVID-19 restrictions or requirements for Vermonters or visitors to follow. However, everyone should follow these basic prevention steps:
- Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Get tested if you have any symptoms, may be a close contact, or have taken part in activities that could put you at risk, such as large gatherings
- Wash your hands regularly
The Health Department currently recommends wearing a mask in public indoor settings, because a significant portion of the population remains unvaccinated and the more transmissible Delta variant is spreading.
The need to wear a mask indoors is expected to be temporary, while vaccination levels increase and the Delta variant surge ends. Once that happens, it should be possible to safely reduce, and eventually stop, the use of masks in public indoor settings.
Wearing a mask helps protect you and the people around you from getting or spreading COVID-19. A mask helps contain your respiratory droplets and can keep them from reaching other people. COVID-19 can spread even if a person does not have any symptoms. This is how we reduce spread of the virus and outbreaks in our communities, schools and businesses.
If you are fully vaccinated – it is still possible to get and to spread the virus, but the risk is lower. Wearing a mask in public indoor settings is recommended, but you can also assess whether a mask is needed based on a space’s size, the number of people in it, the amount of time you’ll be there, and case rates in the county and in the community.
We urge everyone to follow the prevention steps to protect yourself and the people around you, especially if:
- you have a weakened immune system or are around someone who does
- you have children who can’t yet be vaccinated
- you’re traveling to a place with high transmission and low vaccination rates