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How to sign up for the Covid vaccine

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Evita Sandoval, of Northern Physical Therapy, fills a syringe at a Covid vaccination clinic in Beecher Falls. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

Updated May 7.

To register for a vaccine appointment or get information on walk-in clinics, 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 16 and older are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Also eligible are out-of-state college students, people living in Vermont part-time and people who live out-of-state and work in Vermont.

Vaccinations are available by appointment or at walk-in clinics.

Four entities are scheduling vaccine appointments: The Vermont Department of Health, Kinney Drugs, CVS and Walgreens.

Each has its own registration system. You may choose to schedule an appointment with whichever is most convenient. However, the Health Department has said you should not book an appointment on multiple sites — please pick one.

Other pharmacies are also providing vaccines in Vermont, including Walmart, Costco, Hannaford, Shaw’s, Rite Aid and Price Chopper. Appointments at these stores are available through the Health Department website or call center (855-722-7878). There is no separate system for appointments at these locations.

New Hampshire is now providing vaccine appointments regardless of residency — meaning Vermonters may cross the border to get a shot. All appointments in New Hampshire can be booked through the state’s vaccination website or by calling 866-444-4211.

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

In most cases, yes — but there are exceptions. Patients will be asked to provide their Vermont address when registering for an appointment.

As of April 29, out-of-state college students and people who live in Vermont part-time are also eligible. As of May 7, people who work in Vermont and live out-of-state are eligible. The Health Department is also providing vaccines for people who recently moved to Vermont and haven’t yet established residency.

You’ll be able to provide that information when you register or arrive at a walk-in clinic.

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

These individuals will be contacted by their local hospital or primary care doctor to schedule an appointment. Vaccines are being administered in patients’ homes by emergency medical services.

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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Mike Dougherty

About Mike

Mike Dougherty is VTDigger’s digital editor. He is a DC-area native and studied journalism and music at New York University. Prior to joining VTDigger, Mike spent two years as a program coordinator for the Vermont Humanities Council. Before moving to Vermont in 2015, he spent seven years managing recording operations for the oral history nonprofit StoryCorps, assisted Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, and contributed to the Brooklyn-based alt-weekly L Magazine.

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