Who should be tested?
The Health Department recommends testing as soon as possible when:
If you often gather socially with people you don't live with, you should get tested weekly.
College students returning to Vermont from out of state should quarantine and be tested on or after day 7 of quarantine after returning home.
Where can I get tested?
There are a variety of testing options, some which are free and some which may carry a fee.
Free Health Department Testing
The following is a list of free health department sites in Windsor, Windham and Bennington counties (including Rutland) offering tests during the month of January 2021. For a full list of health department test sites statewide, click here.
Bennington 120 McKinley Street
9am-3pm daily between January 9th and 24th, except January 18th when testing will occur between 4pm-7pm
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital 17 Belmont Ave
5pm - 8pm weekdays through January 22nd
9am - 2pm weekends through January 24th
Rutland Regional Medical Center 160 Allen St,
7:10am - 8:10am AND 5:50pm-7pm weekdays through January 22nd
12:30pm-6pm weekends through January 24th
Springfield 51 Pearl Street, Level 1
12:30pm - 4pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays
(1.12, 1.13, 1.19, 1.20)
8am - 11am Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
(1.14, 1.15, 1.18, 1.21, 1.22)
8am - Noon Saturdays (1.16, 1.23)
11am -2pm Sundays (1.17, 1.24)
Stratton Mountain Otis Clinic 78 Founders Hill Rd
2pm - 5pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
(1.12, 1.14, 1.19, 1.21)
9am - 2pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
(1.13, 1.15, 1.18, 1.20, 1.22)
9am - Noon Weekends
(1.16, 1.17, 1.23, 1.24)
To set up an appointment at a Health Department testing site:
The vaccine program is governed by the state. The vaccines will be administered in phases dictated by the state. The exact schedule is significantly dependent upon the amount of vaccine the state receives from the federal government in any given week (which is unpredictable).
Who is currently eligible for the vaccine?
Health care workers (which include first responders with direct-patient contact) and long-term care residents and staff. Only after these individuals are immunized will the state move to the next phase.
Who is next in line to be vaccinated?
Vermont plans to use age groupings to determine who can receive the vaccine next. Planning is still on-going, but the state expects the first age grouping eligible will be people 75 and older, then 70 and older, then 65 and older, as vaccine supply allows. You do not have to be resident of Vermont to get a vaccine in Vermont.
Vaccine will also be available to people who have certain high-risk health conditions. The state is in the process of identifying those conditions and promises to share this information when the plan for vaccination of the public is available.
There is no definitive start date for the next group, although the state intends to publish the plan for vaccinating the general public on Friday, January 15th. As of January 9th, the state estimates it will probably take until the spring to finish vaccinating those aged 65 and older. This is an estimated plan and time frame that could shift based on how much vaccine Vermont gets and how many people choose to get vaccinated when they are eligible.
How do I sign up to be vaccinated?
Shots will be available by appointment, to avoid lines and to make sure there is enough physical distancing between people. The state has said it will provide details of this sign-up process on Friday, January 15th.
Because the program is still being developed, there are no sign-up lists - either at the state level of at any health care provider or pharmacy. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACY BECAUSE THERE ARE NO REGISTRATION LISTS! This page will be updated as soon as there is more definitive information on the registration process.
Where can I get vaccinated?
The state is working with health centers, hospitals and pharmacies to administer the vaccine. We are assured that there will be several locations within the mountain towns where shots will be given. This website will be updated when specifics are known. AS OF THIS DATE, VACCINES ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT ANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS SO PLEASE DO NOT CALL SEEKING MORE INFORMATION OR SEEKING TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
After the vaccination, can I go back to life as it was prior to the Covid-19 Virus?
The simple answer is no. Both of the vaccines currently available in Vermont require 2 shots some weeks apart, and even then time is needed after the second shot for your body to produce the anti-bodies that can protect you from the virus. During this time you should continue the practices of mask wearing and social distancing.
Even after this period, you should take steps to prevent COVID-19. This is because even if the vaccine protects you from illness, the state still does not have enough information on whether you could still transmit the virus to someone else. Even once the state does learn this, there are a number of things it needs to know before it can ease up on mask-wearing and physical distancing, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities.
What if I need transportation to a vaccine appointment?
Call Neighborhood Connections at 802.824.4343 Monday through Friday between 9:30-4:30 and we will see if we can set up transportation for you.
What if I have additional questions?
Additional information can be found on the state website including the types of vaccines available and safety information.
You can also call Neighborhood Connections. Volunteers can assist you in navigating the state website and finding answers to any questions based on information available from the state. Once the registration process is open to the public, volunteers can also assist you in signing up.
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