Covid 19 / Vaccinations

UPDATE Tuesday, November 30 at 10 am: Sherman has experienced 14 new confirmed covid-19 cases over the last 2 weeks. Most of the cases, with the exception of 2, have been children whose ages range from 2  years to 12 years. The entire state of Connecticut is experiencing a significant uptick in cases during this time.

Currently, the entire world is concerned about the new covid variant omicron. There is much more to be learned about this variant and there are no extra precautions or protocols yet in Sherman as a result of the discovery of omicron. People are advised to continue wearing a mask when appropriate (large groups), get vaccinated, and, if vaccinated, get the booster shot when appropriate.   

UPDATE November 5, 3:00 pm:
Public Health reported one more confirmed case of covid-19 in Sherman. Currently, Sherman remains in the red on the state covid tracker map. Keep in mind that, due to our population, it only takes a small spate of cases to change our status on the state map.

With regard to the Vaccination Van in New Fairfield, there is no appointment necessary and vaccinations are free of charge.

UPDATE October 29, 2021, 1pm:
The Vaccine Van is in New Fairfield at St. Edward's Church every Wednesday from 11:30 to 6:30 and at the New Fairfield High School cafeteria on Saturday from 9 am to 5pm. J&J, Moderna, and Pfizer first and second vaccinations are available and so are the boosters for anyone who qualifies. 
After a few weeks of almost no cases, Sherman has experienced 11 confirmed covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. These cases, as has been the trend here, are all family related and not part of a super spreader event. They serve as a reminder that we must remain vigilant and continue our best practices of masking and distancing. 

UPDATE Friday, September 24, 3pm: Sherman has experienced only 2 confirmed covid-19 cases in the last 2 weeks. We are currently back in the “gray” on the state map – the best color to be. Our vaccination rate among eligible individuals is 60.2%. (The state average is 68%)  See below for CDC information on booster shots.

Booster dose recommendations

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers in Connecticut may begin administration of Pfizer booster doses in line with the FDA emergency use authorization and CDC recommendations.

CDC recommends:  

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings shouldreceive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,   
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditionsshould receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditionsmay* receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may*receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

            *See ACIP Shared Clinical Decision-Making Recommendations

Note that persons who received Moderna or J&J vaccines for their primary doses are not included in the CDC recommendation currently. We expect to receive several continued updates to booster dose guidelines over the next weeks. These will include further clarification of today’s recommendations; and likely include recommendations related to the Moderna and the J&J vaccines as well as potential expansion of the recommended population groups.

We encourage providers to begin outreach to those who are 65+ and at least 6 months from the second dose of the primary series of Pfizer as well as those who are under 65 and meet the CDC recommendations to encourage them to receive booster doses.

UPDATE September 2, 3:10 PM: Sherman reported 3 new confirmed cases of covid-19 this week. This raises our post-vaccination total to 11 cases and keeps Sherman in the “red” on the state map.

UPDATE August 27, 2021:
This is the first covid-19 update in many months and the reason for that is because Sherman went more than 3 months in the post-vaccination period without a single case. Now we are beginning to get word of new cases. Sherman currently has 8 reported cases since August 13. Technically, and for the state’s recording purposes, we are now in the “red” on the covid-19 case map, which is the worst designation.   For our purposes, I am going to start our confirmed case count at zero from the mid-August date and we will call this the post-vaccination period. So, presently, our case count is 8.

Sherman’s vaccination rate is around 60% and we would like to get that higher. We will be having the Vaccination Van come to Sherman from 9am to 5pm on September 18 at Charter Hall. The van will return on October 9 for second shots. This is free and is a great opportunity to be vaccinated if you haven’t yet.    

Don Lowe
First Selectman – Sherman CT