Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Now vaccinating people 65+

People age 65 years and older can make appointments.
There are enough appointments for everyone who is eligible. Appointments are required. Clinics cannot accept walk-ins.

Health Department appointments

Kinney Drugs appointments

walgreens appointments

To make an appointment online with the Health Department:

  1. Create an account (anyone can do this anytime!)
    You may already have an account if you were tested for COVID-19 at a Health Department site. 
  2. Make an appointment when your age group is eligible to get the vaccine.

Can't make an appointment online or need help with an online appointment? Contact our call center at 855-722-7878.

  • To speak with someone in a language other than English, call this number, and then press 1.
  • We can help with appointments with the Health Department or Kinney Drugs.

    Call Center Hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Information You Need to Make an Appointment

    Please make only one appointment per person at a time. Not showing up to your appointment could cause the vaccine to be spoiled. 

      You'll be asked to give:

      • name (you do not need to show identification)
      • date of birth
      • address
      • email address, if you have one
      • phone number
      • primary insurance information (insurance is not required)

        There is no cost to get the vaccine.

      You will also be asked some medical questions about whether you:

      • have any history of allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies
      • are currently sick with COVID-19
      • have recently had any other vaccines
      • have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinners
      • are pregnant
      • are breastfeeding or lactating

      See Tips for Making a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

      Watch a Video on How to Make an Appointment Online
      Read answers to common questions, like what to expect at your appointment, getting an interpreter or what to do if you can't get to a vaccination site.
       
      eligibility chart

      See list of high-risk health conditions
      See details on who is eligible now
      See details on who is eligible next
      Sign up for our weekly COVID-19 updates  

      When to Talk to Your Health Care Provder

      Talk with your health care provider if you've had an immediate allergic reaction to any other vaccine, injectable therapy, or polysorbate, or if you have questions about whether getting the vaccine is right for you because of health conditions, allergies, or other vaccines you've received recently.

      After You Get Your Vaccine

      What about my second dose?

      You won't be able to make an appointment for your second dose until you get your first dose. Before you leave your first dose appointment, clinic staff will help you make an appointment to get the second dose. With the vaccines that are currently available, two doses are required to be fully protected against COVID-19. Both of the vaccines available are over 94% effective with two doses.

      • If you get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you should get the second dose about 21 days after the first dose. 
      • If you get the Moderna vaccine, you should get the second dose about 28 days after the first dose. 
      • If you miss your second dose, please get it as soon as you can.

      Except in extreme circumstances, we urge you to keep your scheduled appointment for your second dose of vaccine. This will help make sure you get your second dose with the same vaccine and on the recommended schedule. If something comes up that prevents you from coming to your second dose appointment, like an injury or illness, you must call 855-722-7878 to reschedule.

      What should I know about side effects?

      Side effects from the vaccine are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. They might even affect your daily activities but should go away in a few days. Common side effects are:

      • Pain, swelling or redness on the arm where you got the shot 
      • Tiredness 
      • Headache 
      • Chills 
      • Muscle or joint pain 
      • Fever 
      • Nausea or vomiting 

      What to do about side effects: 

      • Call your health care or vaccine provider if side effects are worrying you or if they don’t go away after a few days.  
      • You can use V-safe to tell the CDC about any side effects and to get reminders for your second dose. V-safe is an optional smartphone tool that uses text messages and web surveys to provide personalized check-ins. Learn more and register at cdc.gov/vsafe. If you don’t have a smart phone, a family member can sign up for you.
      • If you have a bad reaction after getting vaccinated, you or your health care provider can report it to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Call 1-800-822-7967 or go to vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

      Continue taking prevention steps.

      You may not be protected from COVID-19 until you are fully vaccinated, that is two weeks after your final shot. While the vaccine protects you from serious illness, we don’t know if you can give the virus to someone else. Until enough people are vaccinated and we know more, we need to follow the safety guidelines like wearing a mask out in public, washing your hands frequently, and social distancing and following social gathering guidelines.

      If you are fully vaccinated and then are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine in certain situations. Learn more about what this means.

      If you are fully vaccinated you do not have to qurantine when you travel or return to Vermont. 

      Together, the vaccine and preventive actions are the best ways to keep from getting and spreading COVID-19.

      Map of Areas with Vaccination Sites

      This map shows the general areas where vaccination sites are located, not actual locations. When you schedule your appointment you will get the address of the vaccination site you chose.

      Map of Vermont COVID-19 Vaccination Sites