COVID-19: Dartmouth eases rules for vaccinated students; WRJ VA expands access to shots

Published: 4/6/2021 9:41:50 PM
Modified: 4/6/2021 9:41:48 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College students who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may ditch the masks and gather in groups in private, off-campus settings, according to new guidance from the college’s COVID-19 task force.

They will, however, be limited to a total of nine people, all of whom must be fully vaccinated, task force’s co-chairs Dr. Lisa Adams and Josh Keniston said in a Tuesday community email.

“Because of the difficulty of defining a household in our student population, Dartmouth is not adopting the CDC guidance of allowing one unvaccinated household to gather with a vaccinated household for our student population,” the co-chairs wrote.

Masks and physical distancing continue to be required on campus and in off-campus public locations such as the Green, Baker Library, town sidewalks, residential facilities, the gym and all academic buildings. This is necessary because some people are not yet vaccinated and it’s not yet clear whether vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others, the email said.

While about 600 Dartmouth students and employees have thus far been vaccinated through a partnership between the college and the state to vaccinate eligible Granite Staters, the college continues to advocate for access to the vaccine for out-of-state college students.

VA expands accessto shots

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The White River Junction VA Medical Center now is offering COVID-19 vaccines to spouses and caregivers of veterans, under a new federal law, according to a Tuesday news release.

Under the Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize All Veterans and Every Spouse Act, or the SAVE LIVES Act, signed by President Joe Biden on March 24, anyone who served in the military plus their caregivers and spouses now qualify to receive vaccines through the VA.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the White River Junction VA. The Moderna vaccine is provided and second shots are required 28 days after the first. Appointments are required.

Those eligible to receive a vaccine can call 802-296-5151 to schedule a shot. More information about vaccination through the White River Junction VA is available online at

Vaccination clinicrelocating

NEWPORT — Beginning on Thursday, New Hampshire’s Sullivan County COVID-19 vaccination site will be located in the former Dollar Store in the Shaw’s Plaza on John Stark Highway in Newport, according to a Claremont news release.

Appointments previously scheduled for the Claremont site at River Valley Community College will now take place at the Newport site at the same time and date. People do not need to make any changes to their appointments in the state’s scheduling system VINI if they plan to attend. If not, people can reschedule online at or by calling 211 or 603-271-5980. COVID-specific information is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Testing recommendedafter NH outbreak

CONCORD — Those who attended events at a small Catholic college in Warner, N.H., around Easter are being asked to get tested for the coronavirus after an outbreak infected at least 16 people. Anyone who attended events and services between March 21 and April 4 at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts may have been exposed and should seek testing, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

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