Why should I get the vaccine?
Who can get the vaccine currently?
ALL Vermonters age 16+ are eligible for vaccination.
How do I register to get the vaccine?
You must register for the vaccine through one of the following ways:
– Vermont Department of Health Online Registration Site: Patients age 18+ 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, Walgreen’s Pharmacy or CVS Pharmacy.
Please note that ALL patients age 16-17 must use the phone registration system so they can be placed in a clinic that has the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only one approved for use in that age group.
– 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, CVS Covid-19 Vaccination Registration page, or the Walgreens Covid-19 Vaccination Registration page.
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 medical conditions are considered higher risk for Covid-19?
- Current cancer
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Does NOT include asthma.
- Heart disease, including heart attack, heart failure, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease (angina, acute and chronic ischemic heart disease), cardiomyopathies, and pulmonary hypertension. Does NOT include high blood pressure.
- Immunocompromised (weakened immune system), due to solid organ transplant, blood, or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, or other causes; or HIV with a low CD4 cell count or not on HIV treatment; prolonged use of corticosteroids or other immune-suppressing drugs.
- Severe obesity (BMI of 40 or above)
- Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
- Disabilities including chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome; intellectual disabilities (IQ of 70 or below); disabilities that compromise lung function (neurologic and muscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and multiple sclerosis)
- Sickle cell disease
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: