Vaccine and Boosters
- As of April 1st, 2022, appointments no longer need to be scheduled with the Vermont Department of Health. You can still call 855-722-7878 for help navigating where to get vaccinated.
- You can receive your vaccination or booster from your primary care or healthcare provider. You can also receive your vaccination or booster at a local pharmacy and the state is still hosting a variety of walk-in clinics. Go to the VDH website for more information.
- Booster eligibility:
– Booster shots have been approved for ages 12+ who are 5 months or more past their second shot.
– Boosters are now recommended at 5 months (rather than 6 months) for individuals who are age 16 or older.
– Individuals (ages 5 and older) who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible for a booster after 28 days from their last shot.
- Testing is by appointment through each of our primary care practices.
- To make an appointment please call Gifford at 802-728-7000
- Antigen Tests helpful guidance from the Department of Health: https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/COVID-19-Follow-up-Testing-Guide.pdf
Visitor Policy effective March 7, 2022
Our visitor policy will return to pre-COVID guidelines (please note, the Emergency Department and ACC are based on space limitations):
- Hospital visiting hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Masks are mandatory for all patients and visitors.
- All visitors must report to the main entrance to be screened upon entry, and will not be permitted to enter the facility if they present with symptoms, or fail to cooperate with the process.
- Our outpatient clinics are open for normal operations for all appointment types. Masking is required for all.
- Only ADA service animals are permitted. All other animals, including previously approved therapy dogs/support animals, are not allowed at this time.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
COVID Test Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do between now and when I get results?
- If you are feeling ill, you should stay home and quarantine while you wait for test results. This will help prevent the spread of illness to others.
- If you are unvaccinated and have been exposed to someone who has COVID, you should stay home and quarantine while you wait for test results.
- For more information, visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/3key-steps-when-waiting-for-COVID-19-results_508.pdf
What kind of test is this?
- All tests are PCR (also called nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs)).
- Gifford does not use Antigen tests (sometimes called rapid or screening tests).
How long until I get results?
Typically, results are available in 2-3 days, beginning the day after the test was taken.
How will I get my results?
- Gifford will call you.
- Gifford’s patient portals.
- Most tests collected at Gifford are sent to UVM for processing so results may also be available on the UVM patient portal.
Will calls with results be made over the weekend?
Will results be left on voicemail?
The testing team will ask if it is ok to leave results on voicemail. We will leave negative results on voicemail for people who say it is ok to do so.
Where can I find results online?
- Laboratory results are available through your patient portal. For information on Gifford’s patient portals go to: https://giffordhealthcare.org/patient-portal/
- Patients with primary care at a Gifford location can get test results through either the clinic portal or the hospital portal.
- Patients who do not have primary care at Gifford should use the hospital portal.
- Patient Portal Support is available Monday through Friday at 802-728-2608. Because most tests collected at Gifford are sent to UVM for processing, you may also be able to get your test results through UVM’s patient portal: https://mychart.uvmhealth.org/mychart.signup
I need a copy of my results for work/school/daycare/travel, how do I get those?
- Print or take a screenshot of the results from the patient portals.
- At the testing site, let the testing team know you need a copy of the results. A records release form will be provided.
- Request records online: https://giffordhealthcare.org/patients/request-medical-records/
- Contact a member of our Health Information Team at or 802-728-2223.
What is the quickest way to get results?
- Using a patient portal is the fastest way to get test results. Gifford has two patient portals and the results are available on both of them: https://giffordhealthcare.org/patient-portal/
- Most tests collected at Gifford are sent to UVM for processing so results may also be available on the UVM patient portal: https://mychart.uvmhealth.org/mychart.signup
What lab do these get sent to?
The Laboratory team partners with other laboratories to try to get the quickest results for our patients. Some tests are run at Gifford. Most tests collected at Gifford are sent to UVM. Occasionally, tests may be processed at Broad Institute in Massachusetts.