AAPVT News

Vermont Pediatricians and Family Physicians Welcome Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccines for Children under 5

MONTPELIER (June 18th, 2022) – Vermont child health professionals welcome the authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for young children over the age of 6 months by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the unanimous recommendation for use in this age group by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 

AAPVT Chapter Still Accepting Grant Applications for Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, in collaboration with the Department of Health’s Immunization Program, is providing funding to support expanded influenza and/or COVID vaccination by healthcare practitioners or organizations. The deadline for applications has been extended pending availability of funds.

Vermont Pediatricians Support Adapting Policies on Testing & Contact Tracing to Keep Schools Safe

January 11th, 2022 - The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter (AAPVT) supports the direction that the Agency of Education is moving in adapting contact tracing and surveillance testing practices. The proposed model will only be successful with easy access to and adequate availability of rapid tests for all students, educators and school staff.  Keeping our children safe is the number one priority and the mission of the AAPVT, keeping them in school is an integral part of that.

Conversations about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

During the Sping of 2021 and the Fall/Winter of 2021 we held conversations about COVID-19 vaccines for children.

You can view the recordings on the Vermont Medical Society YouTube page here

Vermont’s Pediatricians Support Updated School Contact Tracing Guidance

October 21st, 2021 - Vermont pediatricians and pediatric infectious diseases experts support the revised school contact tracing guidance issued October 21st, 2021. This guidance was developed with the input of Vermont pediatricians and other health care professionals to minimize disruptions to in-person learning while limiting in-school transmission of SARS-CoV-2. 

Vermont’s Pediatricians Support Implementation of “Test to Stay Program” to Keep Vermont Children in School

September 28, 2021 - Vermont’s pediatricians support a "Test to Stay" (TTS) program for asymptomatic, unvaccinated children exposed to COVID-19 at school. Vermont pediatricians and pediatric infectious diseases specialists are collaborating with state agencies in the design and implementation of TTS based on the program currently in place in Massachusetts.

AAPVT Signs on with Vermont Medical Organizations Urging Continued Masking in Schools

August 31, 2021 - The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Medical Society, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, and the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital urge continued universal masking in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and promote a healthy, safe, and productive school year.

Read Full Statement Here

AAPVT Feedback on Return to School Guidance

We fully support the administration’s emphasis on getting students in-person full-time this year and with the recommendation that schools require universal masking of all students and staff regardless of vaccination status in the first few weeks of school.

AAPVT Holds Family Forums on COVID-19 Vaccine for Adolescents

The goal of these forums is to provide factual information on the COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents and have a conversation with families. 

Pediatricians and Family Physicians are privileged to be a trusted source of information around vaccination and the COVID-19 vaccine is no different. Protecting children and adolescents from vaccine-preventable illnesses is a top priority for primary care practitioners and they are ready to counsel families on this important decision.

Support Access to Full Gender Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter and University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, joined by the Vermont Medical Society, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, Vermont Psychiatric Association, Vermont American Academy of Emergency Physicians and the Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont denounce the large number of legislative proposals throughout the nation that will harm transgender and gender diverse youth. Every individual is entitled to high quality evidence-based medical care regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

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