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How to sign up for the Covid vaccine – vtdigger.org

The state’s registration system for Covid-19 vaccination is open now.

To register, visit healthvermont.gov/myvaccine (preferred) or call 855-722-7878. 

You will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, address, email (if available), phone number, and health insurance information (if available, but not required).

All Vermonters 75 and older are eligible to get the vaccine. Through the registration system, individuals will sign up for appointments at clinics around the state.

At each appointment, medical providers will administer the first dose of the vaccine. This is a shot in the arm that doctors and nurses have compared to a typical flu shot.

The Covid vaccine requires two shots, delivered about three weeks apart, in order to be most effective. Patients will schedule an appointment for their second dose at the time they receive their initial shot.

State officials have requested that those registering:

  • Use the online system, if possible, to keep the phone lines from getting overwhelmed. If registrants need assistance with the online system, the state suggests younger Vermonters help older relatives register online.
  • Register for the site closest to where you live.
  • Keep your appointment — no-shows or last-minute cancellations could lead to vaccine doses being wasted.
Vaccinations will be available in 39 towns starting this week. Vermont Department of Health map

I’m not 75 or older. When can I get the vaccine?

The state is prioritizing residents by age. After the current age group, Vermonters 70 and older will be eligible. Then, Vermonters 65 and older.

Vermonters with underlying health conditions come next. As of now, those conditions include: current cancer cases, chronic kidney disease, COPD or emphysema, a variety of heart conditions, any immunocompromised condition, severe obesity, Type 2 diabetes, Down syndrome, sickle cell disease and pregnancy.

State officials have said they expect to complete the 65-and-older population by the end of winter.

How will I know when my group is eligible?

The state will announce when each new group is eligible to schedule appointments. VTDigger is following these developments closely; our Covid-19 email newsletter is an ideal way to get notified when the guidelines change.

Do I have to live in Vermont to get the vaccine in Vermont?

Generally, yes. Patients will be asked to provide their Vermont address when registering for an appointment.

But the Health Department is also providing vaccines for people who work in Vermont, see a primary care doctor in Vermont, or recently moved to Vermont and haven’t yet established residency. You’ll be able to provide that information when you register.

What if I live in Vermont, but typically see a doctor in another state?

You should still register and get the vaccine in Vermont.

What about Vermonters who are homebound or can’t get to a clinic?

Officials have said there will be mobile EMS clinics for homebound Vermonters, but details are not yet available.

What if I already had Covid?

The Health Department recommends that you still get the vaccine. However, if you’re currently sick with Covid-19, or in isolation following a recent Covid illness, you will not be allowed to get the vaccine until after your infection has cleared.

What if I’m allergic to other vaccines?

In most cases, you will not be eligible for the current Covid-19 vaccines. The Health Department recommends you contact your health care provider for more information.

Will I be charged?

No — the vaccine is free.

Does it hurt?

Medical workers who were among the first to receive the shots told VTDigger it felt comparable to an annual flu shot. One called it “painless.”

Patients are typically instructed to sit for 15-30 minutes after receiving the shot to make sure there are no adverse reactions. 

The most common reported side effects have been pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and nausea. These side effects should go away in a few days, according to the Health Department. If they don’t, contact your doctor.

For more information, read the full vaccine FAQ from the Vermont Department of Health.

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