Last Updated: January 21, 2021
Lamprey Health Care plans to offer the COVID vaccine on-site; however, we are unsure when we will receive the vaccine. To avoid any delay, we encourage those eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1b (65 years and older) to register with the State to receive the vaccine at one of the state-run vaccination sites. This way, you may receive the vaccination sooner.
We are sharing information regarding the State of NH’s vaccine distribution plan, below.
Registration Information for Those in Phase 1b
The State of NH will begin Phase 1b of their vaccine allocation plan on January 26. Those who qualify may register for the vaccine starting Friday, January 22.
|Phase 1b Qualifications||Vaccine Registration Instructions|
|NH Residents 65 and over||
Beginning January 22 at 8 am, register to schedule your vaccination at https://vaccines.nh.govRegister for Vaccine
|NH residents under 65 who have TWO or more high health conditions||
|All other NH residents||Go to vaccines.nh.gov, answer a few questions, and receive information on what phase YOU are in, along with a tentative timeline and further instructions.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can I call for more information?
We appreciate your patience as we work with the State to ensure all our patients receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Please call 2-1-1 if you need any assistance or have questions. The State of NH has created a call center to answer questions and to assist you to register for the COVID vaccine. Please use this service for questions regarding the vaccine registration. This will allow our phone lines to remain open for patients with acute health concerns.
When can I get the vaccine?
The State of New Hampshire has instituted a phased approach for distribution. We are currently in Phase 1a which calls for the vaccination of at-risk health workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and first responders. Phase 1b will begin on January 26. If you fall in the 1b category, you may schedule your vaccine on/after January 22, 8am, by visiting https://vaccines.nh.gov.
To find out what Phase you are eligible to receive the vaccine, visit https://vaccines.nh.gov and answer a few questions.
What are the Phases for the COVID-19 Vaccine in NH?
What are the Conditions that Put Me at Higher Risk?
If you have 2 or more of the following conditions, you may qualify to receive the vaccine during Phase 1b. These conditions include:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Down Syndrome
- Heart Conditions: Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, or Cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m or higher but < 40 kg/m)
- Severe obesity (body mass index > 40kg/m)
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Other High Risk Pulmonary Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Where can I get the vaccine if not available at Lamprey Health Care?
From the NH DHHS Website: “For Phase 1a, the vaccine will be provided by hospitals for their health workers, CVS and Walgreens for long term care facilities, and at 13 fixed sites throughout NH for first responders and health workers not working for a hospital and for those long term care facilities not enrolled with CVS or Walgreens. In future phases, the vaccine will be available in New Hampshire through health care providers, pharmacies, and special vaccination clinics, depending on your risk for disease.“
Should I get the vaccine?
If you have questions on whether you should get the vaccine, discuss these with your health professional. Here are 8 Things To Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program from the CDC.
Why is it taking so long?
Manufacturers of the approved vaccines are working to distribute them as quickly as possible. Although it may be several months before it’s your turn to receive the vaccine, we ask for your patience. Please know it is being distributed in a fair and equitable manner that follows the guidance of the CDC and prioritizes those at highest risk. We know it’s hard to wait. There’s always a chance the manufacturing and distribution process will take less time than predicted. But please know we will keep you informed at every step of the way and share what we know when we know it.
But I’m at high risk. What should I do while I’m waiting for the vaccine?
You should continue to follow all guidelines from the CDC which include:
- Get your flu shot if you have not already done so. It’s not too late.
- Practice social distancing and wear a face mask
- Frequently wash your hands
- Follow the State of NH guidelines and Quarantine for 10 days if you have traveled outside of New England
- Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you have symptoms or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health professional, and get tested.
Which Vaccines are being administered?
Although we don’t know which vaccines we will receive, there are two vaccines currently approved by the FDA. The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine and the Moderna Vaccine. Both vaccines require two doses.
- Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine – 2-dose series, separated by 21 days, overall vaccine efficacy 95.0%
- Moderna Vaccine – 2-dose series, separated by 28 days, overall vaccine efficacy 94.1%
Where can I get more information?
- Frequently Asked Questions from vaccines.nh.gov: GREAT information at https://www.vaccines.nh.gov/frequently-asked-questions
- Vaccination Planning in NH: For additional information, please visit the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services website at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/resources-guidance/vaccination-planning.htm
- Vaccination FAQs in NH: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/documents/vaccination-planning-faq.pdf
- COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions from NH DHHS:
- Vaccine Information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
I saw information from a local news source with additional information. Do you have that information?
Here are links to articles/stories from local news sources that may be of interest.
- NH Starting COVID Vaccine signups for people in Phase 1b: What to know – Seacoast Online, January 21, 2021
- NH to start COVID vaccine signups for all 65 and up – Associated Press, January 14, 2021
- NH Scales Back COVID Quarantine Advice for Post-Infection, Vaccination – Foster’s Daily Democrat, January 12, 2021
- When to expect your COVID vaccine in NH, what to do when it’s your turn – Portsmouth Herald, January 6, 2021
- State Lays Out COVID Vaccine Timeline, With Phases Stretching Into Summer – NHPR, January 5, 2021
- New Hampshire vaccine timeline prioritizes health care workers, those at high risk: State health officials outline timeline stretching into summer – WMUR9, January 5, 2021
- NH announces who is in next phases for COVID vaccine – Portsmouth Herald, January 5, 2021
- Seeking COVID vaccine? Please don’t call, Seacoast leaders say – Foster’s Daily Democrat, January 5, 2021
- NH spells out how all fall into COVID-19 vaccine queue – Union Leader, January 5, 2021