December 8, 2022
Prevention Against COVID-19
- Vaccine eligibility has now been expanded to include children ages six months and up.
- Call for an appointment at Grace Cottage Family Health for COVID-19 vaccination shots, including boosters at (802) 365-4331,
- OR, to find a VT Walk-in Clinic, click here,
- OR, find a pharmacy or other site that provides COVID vaccine at vaccines.gov.
For more information: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine
For people who are immunocompromised or who are unable to receive the vaccine, there is a long-acting monoclonal antibody available that has received Emergency Use Authorization called Evusheld. This drug is administered through an injection and provides a 77% reduction in the risk of developing COVID-19. This protection lasts for about 6 months and can be repeated. Talk to your provider to see if this product is an option for you.
Treatment if You Get COVID
WHO SHOULD GET COVID-19 TREATMENTS?
If you are age 65 or older or have a high-risk medical condition and have mild to moderate symptoms, reach out to your health care provider to ask about available treatments — as soon you get your positive test result. Treatment works best within the first five or 10 days of illness and can reduce the chance of being hospitalized by up to 88%.
HOW TO GET COVID-19 THERAPEUTICS
There are different types of treatments available. Your health care provider will help determine which one is right for you. If you do not have a health care provider, you can call (802) 365-4331 to make an appointment to see one of the Grace Cottage Family Health providers. If you feel very ill, go to the nearest emergency room.
There are different types of treatments available. The most effective antiviral pill, Paxlovid, is available at Messenger Valley Pharmacy, across the street from Grace Cottage Family Health. Your provider and one of the pharmacists will help determine whether this or another treatment is right for you and how to take it.
MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENTS
Another very effective treatment option is a monoclonal antibody designed to neutralize the COVID virus. This treatment consists of an injection that must be given at an infusion center, such as at Grace Cottage Hospital. This needs to be ordered by a provider after screening. An observation period is required and the entire process can take 2-3 hours.
Other infusion centers can be found at this federal site.
If you do not have a health care provider or have other questions, go to COVID.gov or call their Call Center at 1-800-232-0233.
There is no cost to anyone for the COVID-19 therapeutics themselves, but there may be treatment fees. If you do not have insurance, ask the facility if there will be a charge.
Given the complexity and dynamic nature of this issue, it is best to refer to the state website for more information.
Top Ten Reasons to Get Vaccinated Against COVID
By Dr. George Terwilliger, Grace Cottage Chief Medical Officer
- You want to live. More than 3 million people have died of COVID in the past 18 months. Your death can be prevented, just by the simple act of getting vaccinated.
- You want to stay as healthy as possible. Many people who have had COVID and have recovered are suffering from symptoms that won’t go away. This “Long Haul COVID” can involve exhaustion, headaches, muscle aches, brain fog, and other debilitating conditions. At this point, we don’t know how long these continuing symptoms may last. Why would you take the risk that you might get COVID and then have symptoms for the rest of your life, when there’s an easy way to prevent this?
- You want to keep those you love alive and healthy. Without the vaccine, you are a potential spreader of COVID. Do you want to be responsible for harm done to your loved ones?
- The vaccines WORK! The three vaccines authorized for use in the US are remarkably effective.
- The vaccines are safe. The technology used was in the works for many years and, with almost unlimited emergency funding and resources, they were created quickly and safely without cutting corners.
- The vaccines are free. There’s not even a co-pay to worry about.
- Getting a vaccine is convenient. There are many ways to get the vaccine. Go to your state’s Department of Health website, where you can find the most updated information or schedule an appointment for a vaccine.
- We all need to be vaccinated. The only way we’ll beat this virus without hundreds of thousands more dying is if enough people get vaccinated.
- The shot doesn’t hurt. Almost everyone I’ve spoken with has said that they didn’t even feel the shot being given. Yes, there are often after-effects, such as a sore arm and sometimes fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, but they disappear in about 24 hours; certainly preferable to getting the virus.
- Getting back to normal. Just imagine: No more masks. No more social distancing. No more ZOOM meetings. No more missing your grandparents, sporting events, concerts, school, theatre, parties – the list goes on and on.
To borrow Nike’s slogan, please “JUST DO IT.” I guarantee that you’ll be quoting Staples’ slogan: “THAT WAS EASY!”
COVID-19 Vaccination – General Information
Last updated 6/22/21
For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
To learn about scheduling a COVID-19 test, click here.
Don’t delay your care! Click here to learn how we’re keeping you safe during appointments.
Those who have certain high-risk health conditions have increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC:
- Active current cancer
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (also called emphysema) and chronic bronchitis
- Heart disease, including heart attack, heart failure, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease (angina, acute and chronic ischemic heart disease), cardiomyopathies, and pulmonary hypertension. Does NOT include high blood pressure.
- Immunocompromised (weakened immune system), due to solid organ transplant, blood, or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, or other causes; or HIV with a low CD4 cell count or not on HIV treatment; prolonged use of corticosteroids or other immune suppressing drugs.
- Severe obesity (BMI of 40 or above)
- Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
- Disabilities including chromosomal disorders, such as Down syndrome; intellectual disabilities (IQ of 70 or below); disabilities that compromise lung function (neurologic and muscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and multiple sclerosis).
- Sickle cell disease
For more information about vaccines and high risk conditions, click here.
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