Changes to SVMC’s COVID-19 center
BENNINGTON - Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s COVID Resource Center hours have changed. The center is no longer taking appointments for COVID-19 testing. Tests are now available without an appointment every Monday through Saturday, from 8 am to noon. COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters - both walk-ins and scheduled appointments - will be available every Monday through Wednesday, from 1 to 5 pm, and Thursday through Saturday, from 8 am to noon. Hours may change based on demand, holidays, weather, and other factors.
Consent forms for testing and vaccines are available as downloadable and printable documents at svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center. Walk-in patients seeking testing and vaccines or boosters are encouraged to fill out their forms in advance. Those who schedule vaccine appointments online do not need to complete a consent form. Those who are unable to fill out forms in advance are asked to bring a pen to fill out the form in their vehicle.
Testing will not be available in extreme inclement weather, including cold temperatures. For example, testing was closed on Tuesday, January 11, when the forecasted temperature was -2 degrees Fahrenheit.
The clinic is located on the former Southern Vermont College campus at 981 Mansion Drive. The COVID Resource Center is a Vermont state-contracted facility operated by Southwestern Vermont Health Care.
The clinic is open to all who are eligible. At present, everyone age 5 and older is eligible for vaccination. People 12 and older are eligible for a booster. The Pfizer vaccine is available to patients who are ages 5 to 17. Patients over the age of 18 have a choice of Pfizer or Moderna, based on availability. Everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Patients can schedule their COVID-19 vaccine conveniently online. Go to https://vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration to schedule a vaccine. While scheduling is preferred for vaccinations, walk-ins are accepted.
The services are free, with no cost to patients. Insurance companies may be billed for testing. For additional information visit svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center.