COVID-19 Remains a Threat
Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we have more tools than ever to fight the coronavirus, including vaccines and new drugs. However, the omicron variant is putting all of these to the test. This mutated version of the original coronavirus is extremely contagious and can sneak past antibodies that neutralize the original virus.
The good news is with a booster shot, the vaccines remain very at preventing serious illness and death from this new variant. The majority of people who become severely ill or die from COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.
If you are not vaccinated or have not had a booster shot, make an appointment today https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine. If you want to know more about the vaccine, check out our page of COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.
Because Omicron is highly contagious, it's more important than ever to help reduce the spread.
Here are the things you should continue to do:
- Get vaccinated as soon as you are able. Schedule it at https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine
- Get your booster shot.
- Wear a mask when you leave your house and when you are around others you don't live with.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others.
- Clean your hands often by washing with soap or using hand sanitizer.
- Observe local and state guidelines around travel and quarantine.
- Vaccination is the best weapon we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Rutland Regional is not making appointments for vaccination of the general public.
- COVID-19 vaccines are rigorously tested before they are released for public use. Learn more about the vaccines on our COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions Page.
- Don't forget your flu vaccine. Read more from Dr. Rick Hildebrant, MD about why the flu vaccine is critical this flu season.