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Health update: COVID-19 vaccines approved for under 5, Vermont testing sites close

A pharmacist in a white lab coat readies a needle with a child's dose of the a COVID-19 vaccine on the arm of a small boy sitting on his mother's lap.
Sean Rayford
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AP
Pharmacist Kaitlin Harring administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to three year-old Fletcher Pack, while he sits on the lap of his mother, McKenzie Pack, at a Lexington, S.C. Walgreens. This hour, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine will discuss vaccinations for children under 5, which became available in the United States for the first time this week.

COVID-19 cases are falling in Vermont heading into summer, a trend seen across New England. With the availability of home tests, health officials plan to soon close state-run testing sites. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the first vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years over the weekend. This hour, we're getting a COVID update from Vermont's top health official.

Our guest is:

  • Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont health commissioner

Broadcast live at noon on Tuesday, June 21, 2022; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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