SVHC schedules family-friendly Saturday COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Bennington

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SVHC schedules family-friendly Saturday COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Bennington

Fri, 05/14/2021 - 9:06am -- tim


Pfizer vaccine available for those 12 – 18 and Johnson & Johnson for those 18 and above

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) will administer COVID vaccines 8 am – 4 pm on Saturday, May 22 at the gymnasium on the former Southern Vermont College campus at 981 Mansion Drive in Bennington. Members of the general public ages 12 and older are eligible to schedule an appointment using the “make an appointment” link at Registration is open now.

“This clinic will make a significant impact in helping get community members vaccinated and contribute to efforts to reopen the state,” said Trey Dobson, MD, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) chief medical officer. “Vaccination allows us to gather safely with one another, interact without masks or the need to distance, and once again enjoy each other’s smiles and companionship.”

Both adults and children ages 12 and over can get vaccinated during this clinic. The clinic will administer Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to those 12 – 18 and Johnson & Johnson to those 18 and above. The launch of the clinic coincides with the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for people ages 12 – 15, which was announced earlier this week. To lessen the number of people in the clinic at a time, the clinic recommends one parent per child, unless both parents are getting vaccinated. 

The clinic is open to those who live in Vermont; reside part of the year in Vermont, including college or boarding school students; have moved to Vermont within the last 6 months and who intend to become residents; and those who work in Vermont. 

A pediatric provider will be on site to address questions from parents and children. In addition, pediatric nurses, who are especially skilled at vaccinating children, will also be working at the clinic. 

The clinic will attempt to accommodate walk-ins. Registration is preferred to ensure limited waiting.  

“When both parents and children are fully vaccinated, the whole family is protected,” said Marie George, MD, FIDSA, infectious disease specialist at SVMC Infectious Disease. “When many families get vaccinated, their collective immunity also helps protect everyone in the community.”

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is among the most lauded small rural health systems in the nation. It ranked fourth nationwide for the value of care it provides by the Lown Institute Hospital Index. It is a four-time recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence. It has also received the highest marks possible from The Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Leapfrog Group.  

Source: BENNINGTON, VT—May 13, 2021—Southwestern Vermont Health Care