COVID-19 Information

June 17, 2021
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE OFFICE

While the Governor’s Emergency Order has expired, all health care facilities in Vermont must still follow the CDC and OSHA Covid-19 guidance. This includes continued social distancing, screening upon entering the building, and mask wearing in common areas regardless of vaccination status. We have patients that have medical conditions that put them at high risk of contracting the disease, despite vaccination. Our commitment is to provide high quality care for all of our patients in a safe environment. We will continue providing services via a combination of in-person and telehealth, which allows us to “see” you via video screen to discuss your medical concerns or issues. Our schedulers and nursing staff can help determine if a telehealth visit is appropriate for your medical concern.

If you have been given an in-office appointment, there are some things that you will need to know:

  1. All persons entering the building will have their temperature checked.
  2. Patients must not have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, other respiratory symptoms, new headaches, diarrhea, muscle aches, fatigue, or loss of taste or smell.
  3. Patients who have not been completely vaccinated must not have had any close contact with a person who has been diagnosed or is suspected to have COVID-19 illness.

if you have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or if any of the other questions apply to you, then you will be asked to return to your car. The nurse will call you to determine how best to have you evaluated and treated.

All persons entering Thomas Chittenden Health Center must wear a mask or cloth facial covering at all times when in common areas, including the waiting room and hallways.  Patients also must maintain appropriate social distance throughout the building whenever possible.

There are a number of resources on our Patient Education Page. We are continually monitoring current recommendations from the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC. We sincerely appreciate your patience as we all navigate this difficult time.

COVID-19 TESTING

If you do not have any symptoms, you may get testing at any of the Vermont DOH test sites. You can find the registration link and list of upcoming sites here. Please note that if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, then you should not use one of these sites.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, muscle aches or headache, then you should contact our office to discuss your symptoms with our triage nurse, or schedule a telehealth visit with your provider.

If you have general testing questions, you will find more answers at the Vermont DOH Testing page.

COVID-19 VACCINE

Click here to read all about the benefits of getting a Covid-19 vaccination!

ALL Vermonters age 12+ are eligible for vaccination.  All vaccine sites now accept walk-in patients every day.

Patients age 12+ can pre-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.

If you can’t make an appointment online, you can make an appointment by phone at 855-722-7878. The telephone call center is open 8:15am-5:30pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00am-3:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Thomas Chittenden does not currently have any Covid-19 vaccine available. We are anticipating receiving a supply of vaccine at some point in the near future, but for right now, you must go to one of the Department of Health or pharmacy sites.

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

Vermont Department of Health Covid-19 Vaccine Information

CDC Facts about Covid-19 Vaccines