MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Signups opened Monday on the Vermont Health Department website for people age 75 and up to make appointments to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccinations will begin on Wednesday for the group, who are part of phase 1B of the program in Vermont.

A call center with roughly 400 receptionists will be available to take phone reservations. If demand is heavy, wait times for the calls could be long.

The state is planning to have 54 vaccine sites in 39 towns across Vermont.

Officials are urging people to register for an appointment at a site close to their homes.

On Friday, Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said that if some people are uncomfortable signing up online, relatives or friends could help them.

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