COVID-19 Vaccine Information

February 25, 2021

The Covid-19 vaccination effort is well underway. Check back here frequently, as we will keep this section updated with new information as it becomes available.

How do I register to get the vaccine?

Patient 70 years of age or older are currently eligible for Covid-19 vaccine.  Patients 65 years of age or older will be able to register beginning Monday, March 1st.

You must register for the vaccine through one of the following ways:

 – Vermont Department of Health Online Registration Site: Patients can register online by going to the Vermont DOH Covid Vaccine page, and then clicking on Make an Appointment with either the Vermont Department of Health, Kinney’s Pharmacy or Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

 – Vermont Department of Health Phone Registration: If you can’t make an appointment online, you can make an appointment by phone at 855-722-7878. The telephone call center will be open 8:15am-5:30pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00am-3:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

 – Pharmacy Covid-19 Vaccination Online Registration: Patients can register online directly with select pharmacies by going to the Kinney’s Covid-19 Vaccination Registration page or the Walgreens Covid-19 Vaccination Registration pageNote that Kinney’s and Walgreens are currently accepting appointment registrations for patients age 65 years or older.

All patients will need an appointment through one of these sites in order to receive the vaccine. Thomas Chittenden does not have any Covid-19 vaccine, and cannot make an appointment for you – you need to go through one of the scheduling systems above.

Can I receive the vaccine if I am on a blood thinner/anticoagulant like warfarin, Eliquis or Xarelto?

Yes, patients on anticoagulants can receive the vaccine. There is a chance that you will have increased bruising at the vaccine site, so the person giving  you your vaccine may use a slightly smaller needle and apply pressure for a little longer, which will help reduce some of the bruising.

Which patients will have a higher priority to receive the vaccine?

Covid-19 vaccine is being given out based on age, currently to all Vermonters 70 years and older. Beginning Monday, March 1st, it will become available to those 65 years and older, and then patients younger than 65 years old who have chronic health conditions that put them at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 (CDC Higher Risk Covid-19 Conditions).

How will I know when it is my turn to receive the vaccine?

The Vermont Department of Health will be messaging directly out to all Vermonters to keep them abreast of the current vaccination group. You can register for the Vermont Department of Health Weekly Covid Update E-mail here. In addition, Thomas Chittenden will reach out to patients directly when it is time to schedule your Covid-19 vaccine based on vaccine supply and the Department of Health guidelines. Similar to our flu clinics, we’ll use both portal message (if you are on our Patient Portal) as well as phone messages.

Please do not call the office to check on when you will receive the vaccine! Because there are so many questions about Covid-19, on top of patients’ regular medical concerns, we are already extremely busy with managing patient care and phone calls.

Where can I find information about vaccine guidelines, safety, efficacy and side effects?

For up-to-date general information on the Covid-19 vaccination, please click on the links below:

Vermont Department of Health Covid Vaccine Scheduling

Kinney’s Covid-19 Vaccine Scheduling

Walgreen’s Covid-19 Vaccine Scheduling

Vermont Department of Health Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Sign up for Vermont Department of Health Covid-19 Weekly Covid Update E-mail

CDC Facts about Covid-19 Vaccines