The Champlain Valley Exposition (CVE) has certainly taken on different looks since last winter.
Nearly 14 months ago, thousands of people stood side-by-side in the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre during a Super Tuesday rally for Bernie Sanders. Just weeks later, the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center set up a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 on the Midway Lawn. Shortly after that, the Vermont National Guard was transforming the expo into an alternate health care facility to lessen the stress on the nearby hospital’s capabilities.
Instead of carnival games and rides being built on the Midway during the summer, cars lined up in front of a newly constructed stage and video screen to watch graduations and concerts. More recently, the expo center has started to welcome back thousands of people who walk out with a different type of satisfaction than usual.
The UVM Health Network has taken over the Robert E. Miller interior to administer COVID-19 vaccines for the public. According to CVE Executive Director Tim Shea, 60,000 doses have been distributed at the site and about 900 people are going through each day as of April 28.
Here’s a glimpse of the clinic shared by the UVM Health Network.