Preventing COVID-19

Preventing COVID-19

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The COVID-19 virus will be with us for a long time. Vermonters have the tools needed to protect themselves and others from getting or spreading the virus.  More from CDC on how to prevent getting sick 

STAY UP TO DATE ON VACCINATIONS

Vaccines are the best tool we have to protect ourselves against COVID-19, especially from severe illness, hospitalization and death. Vermonters ages 6 months and older can now get vaccinated! We strongly encourage you to protect yourself by getting vaccinated as soon as possible, and get your booster shot for full protection when eligible. 

More on how to get vaccinated 

STAY HOME IF SICK

Whether you have symptoms of COVID-19, the flu, or another contagious illness, please stay home if you are sick and call your health care provider if needed. This helps keep germs from spreading, protects those who may be at risk of serious illness, and gives you a chance to get well. 

GET TESTED WHEN NEEDED

You can protect others by getting tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not vaccinated or not up to date on your vaccines. It's especially important to get tested if you are at higher risk for COVID-19, so you can reach out to your health care provider to ask about treatment.

Learn more about testing

consider wearing a mask

Wearing a mask helps protect you and the people around you from getting or spreading COVID-19. While masking is no longer mandatory in Vermont, some people may choose to continue wearing masks. Some health care facilities, business and other locations might also have their own masking requirements. 

You may choose to wear a mask because you are:

  • At higher risk of serious illness.
  • Spending time with people at higher risk or who are unvaccinated.
  • More comfortable wearing a mask in public places.

Examples of high-quality masks are N95 or KN95 masks, which are very good at blocking droplets. You can also wear a well-fitting mask with at least two layers of tightly-woven fabric or layer a disposable mask under a cloth mask to increase effectiveness.

Find free N95 masks

Prevention Medicine for People with Certain Medical Conditions

Evusheld is a medicine given by injection to help prevent COVID-19 in people ages 12 and older who are immunocompromised. Immunocompromised means a person’s immune system might not be able to offer enough protection - even after vaccination - putting them at higher risk of serious illness. This could be due to a medical condition or from other medicines or treatments. This medicine can also be given in the rare case when COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended due to a medical reason. Please contact your health care provider to find out if you are eligible for Evusheld.

Evusheld patient fact sheet 
Watch a video on Evusheld (ASPR)