As of 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, COVID-19 vaccine scheduling for the 70-and-older age group began.

In the first 15 minutes, the health department reported receiving more than 7,000 calls from those wishing to receive the shots.

The department warned the public that long wait times are likely and online scheduling at healthvermont.gov/myvaccine is another option to secure a spot.

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