COVID-19 Information

September 25, 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 inside the building 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. 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.
  2. 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.

All persons entering Thomas Chittenden Health Center must wear a mask or cloth facial covering at all times, including while in the exam room.  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 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 for any State vaccine site 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 now has Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. You should call our office to check on vaccine availability prior to coming in for your Covid shot, though, to ensure we have it on that day.

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

BOOSTER SHOTS

The CDC now recommends a booster shot 6 months after your second vaccination for patients who received the Pfizer Covid vaccine and are in one of the following groups:

  • any patient 65 years old or older
  • any patient 50-65 years old with underlying medical conditions such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, lung disease (COPD, asthma), dementia, diabetes, heart conditions, liver disease, obesity, smoking history, HIV or pregnancy
  • patients 18 years old or older may get a booster if they have one of the above conditions or they work in an occupation with a high risk of exposure

Because of our limited supply, we are not routinely providing booster shots for anyone in the above categories here at Thomas Chittenden. You can go to any pharmacy or Department of Health vaccination site for your booster shot. Information on where to go can be found here

The CDC also recommends a booster shot for all patients who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, have received a mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), and are at least 28 days after their second dose. This includes patients who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response (steroid asthma inhalers are NOT considered high dose corticosteroids)

For the most current information on booster shots, please click to visit the Vermont Department of Health or CDC website.

COVID-19 TESTING

You may get testing at any of the Vermont DOH test sites, even if you have Covid symptoms. You can find the registration link and list of upcoming sites here, but all of the sites also accept walk-in appointment on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to be tested at the UVMMC Fanny Allen drive-through Covid testing site, however, you will need to contact our office to get an order placed, and then wait for UVMMC to contact you with your appointment information.

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