The COVID Resource Center closed Thursday, December 29, 2022. 

Testing and vaccination information below along with frequently asked questions.

PCR testing is no longer available at SVHC’s COVID Resource Center (CRC).

  • PCR tests are not required for most travel or workplaces. In addition, federal funding is not available. The Vermont Department of Health has stopped its testing operations.
  • You may test for COVID-19 with an antigen test when you develop symptoms. You should repeat the test 24 - 48 hours later.
  • You may also test for COVID-19 with an antigen test on day 4 and again on day 5 after exposure.
  • There are a few situations when an asymptomatic person may need a PCR test.
    • For example, a PCR is recommended for kids under the age of 2.
    • Also, some folks preparing for surgery require a PCR test.
    • In cases like these and a few others, a PCR test may be obtained at SVMC ExpressCare. Standard charges apply.
  • Patients with symptoms of COVID-19 who are sick enough to be seen in a doctor’s office, ExpressCare, or the Emergency Department may receive a PCR test as a part of their evaluation.
  • Take-home antigen tests are now widely available.
  • Get three rounds of free tests mailed directly to your home when you visit You can also call 1-800-232-0233.
  • Visit local pharmacies. If the tests are covered by your health insurance, you may be able to show your insurance card at the pharmacy counter and get test kits at no cost to you. Some health plans may require you to pay for the tests and then be reimbursed.
  • If you cannot access antigen tests in the ways listed above, call the Health Department at 802-863-7240, option 8, or check with your local health office.
  • If you test positive, stay home and away from others. If you are at risk of getting very sick with COVID, contact your doctor for treatment.

Vaccinations are no longer available at SVHC’s COVID Resource Center (CRC).

SVMC primary care practices will be receiving the COVID vaccinations intermittently over the next few weeks. Please contact your provider’s office to inquire. COVID vaccines are available for anyone 6 months or older. See the Kids section for info about vaccines for children. COVID vaccines are free. There is no cost to patients. COVID vaccination is either covered by insurance or government assistance.

Children are eligible for the primary series of COVID-19 vaccine starting at age 6 months. Updated bivalent boosters are available to ages 5 and older. 



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 5 and older, recieved the primary series, and received their last COVID vaccines 2 months ago or more should receive a booster shot. 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. 

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


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