COVID-19, flu vaccine clinics offer expanded hours
VERMONT – Those who haven’t gotten their annual flu shot or updated COVID-19 booster yet, now is the time to take advantage of expanded hours at Health Department vaccination clinics, where visitors can walk in, with no appointment necessary. New hours include more evenings and weekends through the end of December, making it easier for those who work or go to school to get vaccinated quickly and easily. Many clinics will also offer the updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine newly approved for eligible children 6 months to 5 years old.
Getting vaccinated is especially important for those at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 or the flu, including people ages 50 and older and those with certain medical conditions. Babies and children under 5 are also at higher risk of getting very sick from the flu, which is currently on the rise in Vermont.
Starting in January, walk-in clinics will transition to more limited hours and close by Tuesday, January 31. Vaccines will continue to be widely available at no cost to the patient by appointment at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, or other locations where vaccine is offered. Vermonters who do not have a health care provider or access to a pharmacy can reach out to their local health office to be vaccinated. The Health Department will also continue to work with partners to vaccinate homebound Vermonters, English language learners, and immigrant or refugee community members.
Review eligibility carefully before going to a walk-in clinic. For more information visit healthvermont.gov/myvaccine.