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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Oct. 20 Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Vanessa Britto of Brown University
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature Brown University’s Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and Wellness Vanessa Britto, MD, on its October 20 program.
The show will air at 12 p.m. She will share the university’s pioneering role as one of the first institutions to mandate COVID vaccines for students and staff.
The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on Facebook at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.
After the program, the video will be available on area public access television stations. On CAT-TV, viewers will find the show on channel 1075 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Friday, and 7 p.m. Saturday. GNAT-TV's Comcast channel 1074 airs the program at 8 a.m. Monday, 9 p.m. Wednesday, and 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Kendall Emergency Department will be the first phase of the $40 million Vision 2020 plan that will include the doubling in size of the cancer center on campus and the first steps in a strategic plan to modernize and update facilities throughout the campus.
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