COVID-19 Information

January 11, 2022
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU TEST POSTIVE FOR COVID 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT

ORDER FREE AT-HOME COVID-19 TESTS

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE OFFICE

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 who have tested positive and are still under quarantine or isolation per CDC or Department of Health guidelines will not be allowed in the office.
  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 had any close contact with a person who has been diagnosed or is suspected to have COVID-19 illness must meet the CDC or Department of Health guidelines to end quarantine before coming in.

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 PATIENTS 5 years and older are eligible for vaccination! Information on State vaccine clinics for children from 5 to 11 years old can be found here. In addition, we have some doses of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine at our clinic. Please speak to your nurse to check on availability. 

Patients age 5+ 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 has adult 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 for all patients 12 years or older. Patient are eligible 6 months after their second Moderna or Pfizer vaccination, or 2 months after their Johnson & Johnson vaccination.

Because of our limited supply, we are not routinely providing booster shots 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

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

COVID-19 TESTING

All Vermonters are eligible to receive 2 FREE at-home Covid-19 tests shipped directly to their home. You can order your free tests here.

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.