BENNINGTON, Vt. — People eligible to receive a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can receive it at the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) COVID-19 Resource Center located on the former campus of Southern Vermont College.
"While our region is faring better than other parts of the country, testing, vaccination, and booster injections are critical to reducing transmission of the virus," said Trey Dobson, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) chief medical officer and an emergency medicine physician with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. "These services offered at the center are essential for a rapid return to a highly functioning society uninhibited by mitigation measures and frequent school and work absence due to disease."
In order to be eligible, an individual must have received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 6 months ago. In addition, they must meet one of the following criteria:
Those who received initial doses of Moderna or Johnson & Johnson are not eligible for booster shots at this time.
Individuals may schedule an appointment for their booster at the Vermont Department of Health website. The link to registration—along with further information on all of the services provided at the center—is available at https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center.
The SVMC COVID-19 Resource Center hours of operation are listed on the website and below.
noon – 6 p.m. Monday – Wednesday
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday – Friday
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday
Flu vaccines are also available at the COVID-19 Resource Center. No appointment is necessary, and flu vaccines will be provided to anyone 5 and older. Flu and COVID-19 vaccines may be administered on the same visit and do not need to be given at different times.
"Flu is already present in our community. We anticipate that people will experience far more respiratory illness, including the flu and RSV, this year compared to last year," said Marie George, FIDSA, the infectious disease specialist at SVMC. "The flu shot is your best prevention against a severe case of the flu."
Tests for COVID-19 are available at the COVID-19 Resource Center, and appointments may be made online at https://svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center. While appointments are preferred, tests are also provided without an appointment. People with appointments can expect a shorter wait. Those who have questions about whether they should get tested can visit the Frequently Asked Questions tab or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 802-440-8844. Results are available within 24 hours and often in as little as 8 hours.
"I urge everyone to continue practicing mitigation measures, including staying home when sick, washing hands frequently, and wearing a mask when indoors with unvaccinated people," Dobson said. "We should soon be seeing a steady decline in the prevalence of viral transmission and a greater percentage of the population fully vaccinated, including children, allowing vaccinated individuals to safely eliminate the use of masks and distancing in most public areas."
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation announced the appointment of Suzanne Anair as senior gifts officer.
Until recently, Anair was the administrator of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR) in Bennington, which is currently owned by Allaire Health Services in partnership with SVHC. Anair is expected to work in the senior gift officer role for a time before advancing to become the Director of Development for the Foundation. In this new role, Anair will support the SVHC Foundation in its mission to raise funds for SVHC.
"Suzanne is a dynamic personality who leverages extraordinary interpersonal communication skills to achieve success in whatever she pursues," said Leslie Keefe, the vice president for Corporate Development. "She has shown tremendous qualities as a driven, well-organized, and personable professional throughout many years at SVHC. Both our board of directors and our team are delighted that she has accepted this exciting position with us."
Anair received her bachelor's degree in business from Northern Vermont University. She worked during her early career in several positions within skilled nursing facilities before becoming a skilled nursing facility administrator in 2007. As an administrator, she led teams that achieved deficiency-free status from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living and 5-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) numerous times. In 2018, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation was recognized with the Vermont Health Care Association's Nursing Home Quality Award.
The building, which SVMC is demolishing to make way for its $28 million Kendall Emergency Department, was built in 1925 and initially acted as laundry and housekeeping facilities. In recent years, the Lodge has served primarily as an office building.
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