COVID-19 Information

November 28, 2021

Vaccinations at Grace Cottage

Call for an appointment at Grace Cottage Family Health for your first COVID-19 shot or for a booster: (802) 365-4331.

OR, register for an appointment at any state-sponsored clinic or participating pharmacy by clicking here: Register Now

If you make an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination through the state (Grace Cottage offers these on Tuesday mornings only), come to the Heins Building for your shot. If you make your vaccination appointment by calling (802) 365-4331, shots are provided at Grace Cottage Family Health.

Eligibility for booster

  • Adults age 18 and older who originally received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna as their primary series are eligible for a booster if it has been 6 months since their last dose AND
  • Those who received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson are eligible for a booster (choice of J&J, Pfizer, or Moderna) if it has been 2 months since the dose.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. The vaccines WORK! The three vaccines authorized for use in the US are remarkably effective.
  5. 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.
  6. The vaccines are free. There’s not even a co-pay to worry about.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  • Pregnancy
  • 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.

Please continue to check this website, our Facebook page, and the Vermont Department of Health website for the latest information.

Other useful links:

Vermont Department of Health CDC World Health Organization