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The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan in New Hampshire

En español | Who can get vaccinated now?

  • Adults age 65 and older
  • Residents and staff at long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living communities, and at facilities for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities
  • Health care workers, first responders, and officers and staff at correctional facilities
  • People age 16 to 64 with two or more underlying health conditions that put them at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and family caregivers of people younger than 16 who have two or more such conditions
  • People involved in the state’s COVID-19 response who could have contact with patients or the virus, such as lab technicians and specimen collectors
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A health care worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine outside of Elliot Hospital
in Manchester.
Charles Krupa/AP

Where can I get vaccinated?

  • State-run vaccination clinics are operating at public and community sites such as schools, hospitals and National Guard armories. You can sign up for clinic appointments through the state’s online vaccine registration system. You should receive an email within three to five days with directions for scheduling an appointment.
  • Walgreens pharmacies are offering shots to eligible Granite Staters. Registration for Walgreens appointments is through the state system.
  • If you qualify based on underlying medical conditions, scheduling a shot is contingent on verification from a medical professional. Talk to your health care provider about the process for confirming eligibility and registering on your behalf.
  • Vaccine supplies are limited everywhere and available only to those now eligible under each state’s phased plan. Most vaccine sites require you to schedule an appointment online or by phone. Appointments can be very hard to get, as available time slots are booked quickly, and you may experience long wait times on the phone. If a time slot is not available, you may be put on the site’s waiting list. Once you have a confirmed appointment, public health officials ask that you don’t schedule or confirm another with any other provider so that vaccine appointments stay open for others. 

Call 211 or contact the Regional Public Health Network for your area if you need help registering or have other vaccine questions.

AARP recommends that you talk to your doctor about the safety, effectiveness, benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccine. Older adults, especially those with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, are at increased risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

What should I bring to my vaccination appointment? 

Some vaccination sites ask for proof of identity or eligibility. Officials recommend that you bring a driver’s license or other state-issued ID that shows your name, age and state residency information, and your health insurance card, if you have one. You will not be charged, but the vaccine provider may bill your insurer a fee for administering the vaccine. 

If you are eligible because of an underlying medical condition or comorbidity, you may need a note from your doctor or some other form of proof. If you are eligible on based on your work, bring proof of employment such as a pay stub, badge or letter from your employer. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to wear a mask at your appointment. 

Who will be eligible to get vaccinated next?  

People ages 50 to 64 are in Phase 2b of New Hampshire’s vaccine plan. They will become eligible at some point after the launch of Phase 2a, which includes K-12 school staff and childcare providers and is on track to begin in late March or early April, state health officials say.

Phase 3, expected to begin in May, expands eligibility to Granite Staters 16 and older not vaccinated in previous tiers, starting with those who have at least one underlying medical condition considered a risk factor for COVID-19 complications.

AARP is fighting for older Americans to be prioritized in getting COVID-19 vaccines because the science has shown that older people are at higher risk of death.

How are nursing home and other long-term care residents getting vaccinated?  

The federal government has contracted with CVS and Walgreens to administer the COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to long-term care residents and staff at their facilities. New Hampshire is taking part in the federal program. CVS and Walgreens have finished offering first doses to all staff and residents of nursing homes and are now giving second doses. They are also now offering first-dose clinics at assisted living facilities nationwide.

I’ve heard that some vaccines require a second shot.  

The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna require two doses. If you get one of these, you’ll need a follow-up dose to be effectively immunized. The recommended second-shot date is three weeks after a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and four weeks for Moderna’s, but the CDC says an interval of up to six weeks is acceptable. You should get a card from your provider saying when and where to return for the second dose. The state says it will send reminders via text, emails and phone calls.   

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine requires just one shot.  

It’s not yet known how long immunity from a coronavirus vaccine lasts and whether it needs to be administered on a regular basis like a flu shot. 

Do I have to pay for the vaccination?

You should not have any out-of-pocket cost for getting the vaccine. AARP fought to make sure the federal government is covering the cost of the vaccine itself. Providers can recoup a fee for administering the shot, but not from consumers. They would be reimbursed by the patient’s insurance company or the government (in the case of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and the uninsured, for example).

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Should I still wear a mask after getting vaccinated?

Yes. The vaccines are just one tool that can help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The CDC continues to recommend preventive measures such as face masks, physical distancing and frequent handwashing.

Experts still need to learn more about the protection the vaccines provide under “real-world conditions,” the CDC says. It could take a few weeks for your body to build up immunity after the second dose and months for the population to build up collective immunity.

In addition, it’s not yet clear how effective the vaccines are against new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus initially identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, although they would still provide some protection.

This guide, published Jan. 15, was updated Feb. 27 with new information on Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.

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