Who can get tested?
Anyone can get tested at a Health Department testing site. This includes people of all ages who work in Vermont, are visitors to Vermont and are international travelers. Anyone under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian or bring a signed parental consent form.
What kind of test is it?
The Health Department uses and recommends PCR tests. A PCR test will tell you if you have a current infection. It is not a serology/antibody test, which means it will not tell you if you were infected in the past.
If I am vaccinated, will I test positive for COVID-19?
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently available will cause you to test positive on a PCR or antigen test. The vaccines could cause you to test positive on some antibody tests. This is because your body develops an immune response when you get vaccinated.
Do I need to make an appointment?
Our testing and vaccination clinics are busy right now. It's important to make an appointment ahead of time so you will not be turned away. Find a testing location.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
No. You do not need a referral from a doctor to be tested at a Health Department testing site.
Do I need insurance?
No. You may be asked to provide health insurance information when you make an appointment or when you go to the site, but you do not have to have health insurance in order to get tested.
Is the test free?
Yes. It is free to get tested at a Health Department testing site.
What is the test like? How is a sample collected?
Health Department testing sites use nasal swabs. This is a self-administered test, which means that you use a short, dry swab to collect a sample from the front of your nose.
Do I get out of my car for the testing?
Some sites allow you to drive through, but most will require you to get out of your car to enter the space where the specimen will be collected. You will get instructions to follow when you arrive at the site. You may have to wait outside, so dress for the weather.
Do I need to identification with me?
We don’t require identification. We will ask you to verify your contact information.
Will I be screened for symptoms?
Yes. You will be asked if you have any current symptoms of COVID-19 at the testing site. You will still be able to get tested.
Can I get transportation to the test site?
Yes. Schedule your appointment, and then call 833-387-7200 at least two days before the appointment.
Can I get an ASL interpreter to assist me at the testing site?
Yes. An ASL interpreter can be arranged at Health Department testing sites. Usually, the interpreter will work with you remotely, and you'll use a computer screen available at the test site. To request an interpreter, ask one of the public health workers at the test site.
Can I get an interpreter for a foreign language to assist me at the testing site?
Yes. An interpreter can be arranged at Health Department testing sites. Usually, the interpreter will work with you remotely by phone. To request an interpreter, ask one of the public health workers at the test site. There are some testing sites where foreign language interpreters are available onsite.
When and how will I get my results?
Find out about getting your test results.
What should I do while I wait for my results?
Read about what to do while you’re waiting for your test results.
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Can I be tested at a Health Department testing site more than once?
Yes. You may come to a Health Department testing site to get tested more than once if you have reason to be concerned about infection.
How can I change or cancel my appointment?
The confirmation email that was sent to you has information about how to cancel or change your appointment. You can also call 802-863-7240 (select option 9, then select option 3) if you need help.