COVID-19
Resource Center

 

982 Mansion Drive, Bennington, VT

HOURS:

TESTING | Mon. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 VACCINATIONS | Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
 

The COVID-19 Resource Center will be closed Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30 in honor of Memorial Day.


Last updated May 17, 2022. Please note that hours may change based on demand, holidays, weather, and other factors.
 

Should I get tested?

This virtual testing tool from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) can help you decide if you need to get tested.

Testing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. It's free, you don't need an appointment and we have a downloadable consent form to fill out in advance.

Receive your results on a mobile phone by texting "get my results" to 855-227-8225, or receive them via email by signing up HERE.

 

Accessing Your COVID-19 Test Results
Most results are reported within 24 - 36 hours.

Results Website
SVHC's results website allows you to get your results and provide documentation to others without needing to provide your cell phone number or register with a password. It’s easy. Visit https://getmycovidresults.svhealthcare.org and provide your name, zip code, and other information. To access the site easily on your phone, text “get my results” to 855-227-8225. A link to the site will be sent automatically to your phone. In a few easy steps, we verify your identity and send you your results in a format that can be printed, saved, or shared. Please remember that this is your personal health information, so be sure you only share it with those who need to know.

By Text Message
When you register for your test, you will be provided with an opportunity to give a cellphone number, where you can receive your results by text. This is an incredibly convenient way to receive your results, and SVHC is the only health system we know of providing results this way. It’s also the fastest way to get results, as the text is sent automatically as soon as your specimen comes off of the analyzer. Results can take up to 36 hours.

Just in case you gave us the wrong number, we don’t include a lot of personal information in the text message, only your initials and birth year. While this is plenty enough for some organizations looking for a verification of your test results, it is not enough for all. Read on for information about providing results to others.

Directly to a School
If you anticipate needing to provide a copy of COVID test results to a school, spell out the entire school name in the “copy to school” field on the registration form. We will automatically send your results to the school you name.

Download and Print or Forward Results
If you need to present results to an organization for the purposes of returning to work or school or traveling, your text message now features a link to download your results report. The link will work for 7 days after results become available. When you click the link, you will be directed to a page that requests your date of birth and last name. You agree to take responsibility for your private information and are given access to download. From there, you can view, forward, or print the report directly from your phone.

The Hospital Portal
If you prefer not to use the other options, you can visit the Hospital Patient Portal. Use the link at svhealthcare.org to sign up for an account or access forgotten login details. From there, you will be able to print a report.

Medical Records
If you have difficulty accessing the portal, call the Southwestern Vermont Medical Records Department at 802-447-5323. They will provide your results. You can fix your portal access at a later date by calling 802-440-6000, option 1.

Patients between the ages of 12 to 18 will receive Pfizer. Patients over the age of 18 have a choice of Pfizer or Moderna, based on availability. See the "Kids (5 - 11 YRS)" section for info about vaccines for this age group. Vaccines are free, with no cost to patients. Flu shots are no longer available at the COVID Resource Center. Please call your primary care office or visit a local pharmacy for a flu shot. 

No appointment needed, walk-ins only. 

People who are 65 and older and those with certain medical conditions may be eligible for a second booster. Get details on the second booster here or use the CDC's booster tool to help you decide if you need a booster.

People who are 12 and older and received a second dose of the either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines 5 months ago or more should receive a booster shot. Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago should also receive a booster.

Children between the ages of 5 to 11 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

No appointment needed. Walk-ins only. Only Pfizer has been approved by the CDC and FDA for this age group.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Questions? Our COVID - 19 Hotline (802) 440-8844 is staffed by SVMC Registered Nurses Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 2-1-1 for general information.

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Community Level reporting site for levels in your area and instructions for what to do. Even in times of low transmission, everyone should stay up to date with COVID vaccines and get tested for COVID if they have symptoms.

People who are 12 and older and received a second dose of the either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines 5 months ago or more should receive a booster shot. Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago should also receive a booster. People who are 65 and older and those with certain medical conditions may be eligible for a second booster. Get details on the second booster here or use the CDC's booster tool to help you decide if you need a booster.

Once you are eligible for a booster shot, no matter which vaccine you got originally, your booster can be the vaccine type of your choice: Pfizer or Moderna.

You can you can walk in to the COVID Resource Center, or schedule an appointment at several Vermont pharmacies. Visit the pharmacy website for details.

You can get the booster as soon as your symptoms resolve. 

Testing is an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anyone can get tested for COVID-19, including visitors to Vermont and international travelers. People with or without symptoms can be tested at most testing locations. Testing is free to all, and many sites now let you take your own sample using a short swab in your nose. You can either make an appointment or walk in.

The Vermont Department of Health recommends testing: 

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19, even after vaccination.
  • You have been informed that you are a close contact (within 6 feet for a total of at least 15 minutes) of someone with a confirmed case of COVID, even after vaccination.
  • You took part in activities that put you at higher risk, like travel, big gatherings, or crowded indoor settings. 
  • You intend to travel or gather and need a negative test in advance.
  • Note that if you have tested positive in the past 90 days, you may test positive, even after you have recovered without having been reinfected.
  • If you have symptoms, get tested immediately. 
  • If you do not have symptoms, wait to get tested until you have symptoms or 2 – 5 days after an exposure to a symptomatic person or to someone who tested positive. Some schools require students to get a negative test 7 days after an exposure.

Tests are free to patients. If you have insurance, it may be billed. If you don’t have insurance, no worries. You will not receive a bill.

SVMC is proud to offer most results to patients via text within 24 - 36 hours. Detailed instructions for the different ways to obtain your test results appear here

If you are unvaccinated, follow these instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and any directions you receive from the organization administering the test. If you are vaccinated, you do not have to quarantine while you wait for your test results, but you should use caution around other people, especially those who are unvaccinated or vulnerable to a serious case of COVID-19.

Many people are eligible for COVID treatment. COVID treatment is best taken early in the disease. Get more information about treatment here

The Pfizer BioNTech COVID Vaccine includes mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose. See the complete fact sheet here.

The Moderna COVID Vaccine includes messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA), lipids (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose. See the complete fact sheet here.

In an emergency, like a pandemic, the FDA can issue an emergency use authorization, or EUA, to provide faster access to medicines and tests that may help. They can do this only during an emergency and only when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives. EUAs have been used to make COVID tests available to the public, and soon, we expect a few vaccines will be made available in this way. While less data is needed to get a EUA than FDA approval, it still takes tons of data. The benefit is that an EUA takes weeks, rather than months or years. EUAs are continuously evaluated and can be revoked if (a) the emergency ends, (b) the product is found to be unfit, or (c) the product is officially approved, cleared, or licensed by the FDA.

No. A small percentage of people who received the vaccine will get fatigue, soreness, inflammation, or headache. While these symptoms are similar to those experienced by those with COVID, they are a result of the vaccine teaching your body to respond to the virus, if it enters your body. These reactions have universally resolve in a short amount of time, usually less than one day.  It does take about 2 weeks for the vaccine to provide immunity. A person could encounter the virus and become infected just before or just after receiving the vaccine, before the protection takes effect, which could lead to someone thinking that the vaccine had made them ill.

All but one of the vaccines in Phase III clinical trials requires two shots. The first shot starts building protection. A second shot, a few weeks later, is needed to get the most protection. Think of it as a one-two punch.

Allergic reactions to the vaccine are very rare. If you have never had a reaction to another vaccine, you should not expect to have a reaction to this one. Complete information is available here. 

There are many considerations that will help determine if we can quit wearing masks, get together with friends, and travel again. It is best to look to the experts at the Vermont Department of Health or your state’s department of health. Continuing a (maybe slightly loosened) set of precautions will help ensure our entire community is protected before we relax. And remember, you’re never fully protected and the best protection you can get from the vaccine will be  after your second shot.

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