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Your best protection from COVID-19 will be a combination of getting a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available to the general public, wearing a mask, staying at least six feet away from others, avoiding crowds and washing your hands often. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic.

We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use.

The state of NH announced that residents 65 and older and those who are medically at risk will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning January 26. At this time, we are not yet able to verify eligibility or register patients for vaccine appointments. We will update this page when we are ready to assist primary care patients in getting an appointment. If you do not have a CMC primary care provider, please call the state 2-1-1 hotline to inquire about public clinics. Please continue to visit this page for updated information and education about the COVID-19 vaccine. You may also call 2-1-1 for general vaccine information. updated 1/14/21

 

COVID-19 vaccine distribution in NH

what you need to know

Availability 

Phase 1b—Beginning Jan 26, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone 65 and older and those who have two or more of the specific conditions below that put them at higher risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19.    

  • Cancer—active or very recent cancer history, excluding skin cancers (except melanoma)
  • Chronic kidney disease—stages 3 and above
  • Heart conditions—heart failure, coronary artery disease, angina, history of heart attack, cardiomyopathy. This excludes cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and valve disease
  • Immunocompromised state from an organ transplant—this does not include taking immunocompromising medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity—a BMI of 30 or higher
  • Sickle cell disease—not sickle cell trait
  • Other high risk pulmonary disease—including all types of asthma and any chronic pulmonary disease. Not a past history of pneumonia, ARDS, bronchitis. Also does not include sleep apnea
  • Diabetes—including all Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Not pre-diabetes or hyperglycemia without the diagnosis of diabetes
Benefits
  • Vaccination will help you build protection against COVID-19 and help prevent you from becoming sick and potentially spreading the virus to others. Since there is no cure for COVID-19, prevention of infection is the primary way to reduce the spread of illness.
  • Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk.
Cost
  • There will be no cost to you. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. 
  • Vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.
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What should I?

Do
  • Try to remain patient. We understand that many people would like to get vaccinated right away but remember there are roughly 20 million US doctors, nurses, lab technicians, EMT and hospital staff that must be vaccinated first.
  • Continue practicing your social distancing habits, including wearing a mask.
Not do
  • It will most likely be months before everyone receives the vaccine, so please help us by not flooding your doctor or pharmacy with calls about the vaccine with the hope of getting one right away.
  • Please do not remove your mask. Experts agree that people will need to continue to wear masks, avoid crowds, maintain social distancing and practice regular hand-washing until further notice.
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How COVID-19 vaccines work