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Welcome to NVRH’s COVID-19 Information and Updates page

The information provided on this page is from science-based, credible sources, such as the State of Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to ensure our patients have the most up-to-date and accurate information. We will also ensure that current NVRH practices and services around COVID-19 are included in the dropdown sections below.

What to expect if you come to the hospital or a medical office:

During the last two years, NVRH has had to respond quickly to the COVID pandemic. We have done this to keep both patients and staff safe.

As we learned more about how COVID spreads, we began using tools like masks, testing, screening, and vaccination, to protect ourselves and each other.

We are excited to be able to make some changes to our Visitor Policy. Connecting with family and friends is an important part of the healing process and we are committed to helping this connection happen while maintaining a safe environment for all.

What you need to know:

  • NVRH will continue to require all patients and visitors to wear a mask.
  • NVRH allows both unvaccinated and vaccinated visitors and support people.

Before coming to NVRH or one of our medical offices, please read our current Visitor Policy.

COVID-19 and You: NVRH’s Quick Guide to Prevention and When to Seek Care

Do you know how to prevent COVID infection? Do you know what to do when COVID symptoms appear or become severe?
Download NVRH’s quick guide to assist with your decisions. 

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Information

Vermonters ages 6 months and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the safer way to build protection from serious illness–even for those who have already had COVID-19. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines (CDC)

COVID-19 vaccines are free and widely available. Anyone can get vaccinated in Vermont, including those who live in another state, are non-U.S. citizens, or who have no insurance.

Omicron-specific COVID-19 boosters are available in Vermont. The updated booster is for people 12 and older who have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series and received their last booster or additional dose at least two months ago.  Learn more about these boosters.

COVID-19 Booster locations in the NEK:

  • Northern Counties Health Care primary care practices: Click here fore more info and locations.
  • Kinney, St. Johnsbury: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 9:00am-6:15pm; Wednesday from 3:00-6:15pm.
  • NVRH Primary Care: Corner Medical, Kingdom Internal Medicine and St. Johnsbury Pediatrics.
  • Other locations: Check this site up-to-date information:

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

What you need to know:

  • CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters for their age group:
    • Ages 6 months through 4 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses,
    • Ages 5 years and older should get all primary series doses, and updated COVID-19 boosters if eligible.
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.
  • For people ages 12 years and older, the only authorized mRNA booster is the updated (bivalent) booster. People ages 12 years and older can no longer get the original (monovalent) mRNA booster.
  • COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor the latest data.

When are you up to date?

You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC.

Vaccine recommendations are based on your age, the vaccine you first received, and time since last dose. People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 Testing

Update as of June 25, 2022: The State of Vermont is ending all state-run testing locations, including several locations within the Northeast Kingdom. Click here to learn more.

What does this mean for you as a patient or community member?

NVRH provides the following testing services:

NVRH Primary Care Offices: 

Contact your primary care provider’s office to make an appointment for a PCR test or request a free take-home antigen test kit during an already scheduled appointment (while supplies last):

Community Connections:

Individuals can access free antigen test kits by visiting Community Connections at 55 Sherman Drive between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday (one kit per household member, while supplies last). Call Community Connections at 802-748-7526 with any questions.

Northern Express Care- open to all individuals:

Visit Northern Express Care for walk-in PCR testing or to request a free take-home antigen test kit.

Other COVID-19 Testing options:

  • Northern Counties Health Care will continue to provide PCR and antigen tests.  Learn more at: 
  • Local pharmacies are able to supply antigen test kits, which may be covered by insurance or have an out-of-pocket cost.
COVID Positive Treatment

If you are COVID positive, there are a number of treatments available. Contact your primary care provider to understand what the best treatment option is for you. 

NVRH Primary Care Practices:

Visit the CDC webpage to understand the treatment options available.

COVID-19 Resources

The Vermont Department of Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization are all good resources for the most current information. Click here for the latest information from the State of Vermont.

Click here for the Vermont’s COVID-19 Data and other COVID activity.