New Hampshire seeks to expand vaccination marketing push | Ap

Here are the latest developments regarding the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic:

New HampshireNew Hampshire health officials want to invest heavily and expand a public service campaign to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The governor’s executive board will be asked on Wednesday to approve the payment of an additional $ 844,000 to a marketing agency in Manchester that already has a $ 434,000 contract.

The expanded contract, which would continue to be paid for with federal funds, takes into account that people are more likely to get the vaccine if they are advised by their doctor or someone they know or relate to, health minister Lori Shibinette said in a letter to the Councilors.

“So the new PSA campaign will have real stories from people from across the state and doctors practicing in New Hampshire,” she wrote.

The campaign will be broadcast through a variety of media including radio, television, billboards, aerial banners and social media platforms. It was supposed to end on August 31, but would be extended to December 31 if the council agrees.

Just under 54% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated.

The Numbers: More than 103,000 people tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, including 271 cases reported Tuesday. A new death was announced, bringing the total to 1,396.

The seven-day moving average of new cases in New Hampshire for the past two weeks rose from 100 on August 1 to 192 on August 15 for the past two weeks.

Vermont

Vermont continues to lead the country on vaccination rates, with 85% of those eligible now receiving at least one dose, state officials said Tuesday during the governor’s weekly virus briefing.

While the number of COVID-19 cases has increased in the past few weeks with the spread of the Delta variant, state officials expect cases to decline in the coming weeks, said Michael Pieciak, commissioner for the Vermont Treasury Department who maintains the virus data for the state .

Vermont reported 758 cases this week, up 41% from last week, he said.

“Although cases have increased, it’s important for Vermonters to remember that we are not in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or any other state with significantly lower vaccination rates and significantly higher hospital admissions than Vermont,” said Governor Phil Scott.

Vermont continues to have the highest vaccination rates in the country and the lowest hospital admissions rate, with data showing the vaccines are working, said Governor Phil Scott.

Of the 418,230 Vermonters vaccinated, 630, or 0.15%, tested positive for COVID-19 in breakthrough cases between January 1 and August 13, according to state data. The data shows that 18 of the people vaccinated (0.004%) were hospitalized and eight (0.002%) died, “most of whom had other chronic conditions that contributed to this outcome,” said Scott.

“I’m sharing this today, not to gloss over anything, but to reiterate that the vaccines are working and to help Vermonters understand their current risks, which remain very small for those who are fully vaccinated,” the said Governor.

The state is not currently changing its statewide guidelines or adding new recommendations, he said. The best recommendation is to get vaccinated, said Scott.

“This is clearly a pandemic of the unvaccinated, with almost all hospital admissions and deaths among the unvaccinated at this point,” he said.

When schools open, the state requires all teachers, students, and school staff to wear masks for the first two to three weeks of school, and the requirement should remain for those not yet eligible for the vaccine – children under 12 Years ago, he said. Markings are required for all on buses, he said.

Pop-up vaccination sites are expected to offer COVID-19 booster vaccinations to eligible immunocompromised people later this week, said Human Services Secretary Michael Smith.

The booster vaccinations are for recipients of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and people must confirm that they have certain conditions in order to receive one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the additional vaccinations for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems, including those who have received active cancer treatment for tumors or blood cancers; have had an organ transplant and are taking medication to suppress the immune system; have had a stem cell transplant within the last two years and are taking medication to suppress the immune system; or have advanced or untreated HIV infection.

“It is really intended to give those in the immunocompromised group the opportunity to build an official adequate initial immune response,” said Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont health commissioner, who said an estimated 3% of the US population are eligible.

Many pharmacies also offer the additional shots, Smith said.

Preschool Staffing: In six classrooms in Vermont’s most populous county, the start of preschool is delayed due to staff shortages.

Lisa Zengilowski, president of Heartworks and STEAMworks Preschools and Loveworks Child Care, said families may have to wait until early October to start school, MyChamplainValley.com reported. Letters were sent to more than 50 families in Chittenden County last week telling them their preschoolers would have to wait to start the school year.

Preschools are seeing this type of staff shortage for the first time, said Amanda Goodwin, spokeswoman for Heartworks’ parent company Little Sprouts.

“Now you have that extra pressure of having to teach and look after children when I’m considering a hug or when they’ve washed their hands long enough. We see people leaving the field because it has become too much, ”she said.

Heartworks is looking for 12 to 14 additional educators. One of the classrooms is slated to open on August 30th.

Tackle Football: High school tackle football returns to Vermont after teams played a 7v7 touch season last year to help keep the coronavirus from spreading.

Monday marked the first official day of high school soccer training in the state, Caledonian Record reported.

“I’m most looking forward to just being with my team and getting back with the guys, being tough and keeping that mentality,” Lyndon senior Trevor Lussier told the newspaper. “Last year 7-on-7 had the team aspect, but it was like playing Thanksgiving football in the back yard.”

St. Johnsbury Junior Dawson Wilkins said he didn’t really do much as a lineman last season.

“We are ready to go; I’m looking forward to getting out of here and seeing the chemistry of the team and seeing what happens, ”he said.

The Numbers: Vermont reported 99 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, for a nationwide total of nearly 26,500 cases since the pandemic began.

A total of 29 people have been hospitalized with the disease, nine of them in the intensive care unit.

The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Vermont has increased from 45 new cases per day on August 2nd to 104 new cases per day on August 16 for the past two weeks.

The Associated Press uses data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak case numbers and deaths in the United States.