How do I get a COVID-19 vaccination or new bivalent booster?
- Patients, 12 years and older, can receive a COVID vaccination or booster during an appointment with their primary care provider or schedule one with a local pharmacy.
- Patients, ages 6 months to 11 years, can be vaccinated by appointment in our Pediatrics department by calling 603-354-6666. Learn more about vaccination clinics at cheshiremed.org/vaccine
- All community members can schedule a shot at a local pharmacy.
I need a COVID-19 test. What do I do?
- Schedule a PCR test at Cheshire Medical Center via.myDH.
- Purchase at-home COVID test kits at a local retail pharmacy or online from stores such as Walmart.com. Rapid at-home tests are frequently wrong when they are "negative"—learn when and how to best use at-home rapid antigen tests.
- Please DO NOT go to the Emergency Department or call Cheshire Medical Center for a COVID test.
- Learn more on our COVID-19 Testing page.
I tested positive, or I’m concerned that I have COVID-19. What should I do?
If you’re experiencing possible COVID-19 or flu symptoms, please assume it’s COVID-19 and take necessary precautions. Stay home except to get a test.
- DO NOT go to the Emergency Department unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. Most people with COVID-19 or flu have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care, and few need emergency care.
- Read NH DHHS' guidance on quarantine, isolation and household contact exposure at www.covid19.nh.gov
- Get plenty of rest and stay well hydrated.
- Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Call your primary care provider if your symptoms are worsening.
- Call Cheshire’s Urgent Primary Care Visits at 603-354-5484 if you feel your symptoms are not life-threatening but require urgent treatment.
- Be sure to get care or call 9-1-1 if you have severe difficulty breathing, have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is a medical emergency.
What if I need medical care and I may have COVID-19?
- If you already have a scheduled appointment, call your provider's office to schedule a virtual visit or reschedule.
- Read our COVID Testing FAQ to get a test. PCR tests at Cheshire do NOT include a medical evaluation. Learn when and how to best use at-home rapid antigen tests.
- For medical evaluation and care for possible COVID-19 symptoms, call your Primary Care team at Cheshire. Call 2-1-1 if you do not have a primary care provider or use the CDC's COVID-19 self-checker.
- For Urgent Primary Care Visits, including urgent virtual visits call 603-354-5484.
- If you have a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, your provider may recommend outpatient treatment.
Why are vaccination and boosters important?
Fully vaccinated individuals are much less likely to
- get sick from COVID-19 with symptoms
- become severely ill and need hospitalization due to COVID-19 and related complications
- die from COVID-19 or related complications
- spread the virus to other people because they are not sick for as long and are less infectious
- possibly develop "Long COVID" or Post Acute COVID Syndrome (PACS)—more data is needed to be conclusive
Fully vaccinated people who become ill enough to be hospitalized are usually in very poor health or taking medicines that suppress their immune systems. Vaccinated people who are hospitalized also rarely need the highest levels of care.
Since the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines wanes over time (just like many your received in childhood), boosters are important in maintaining a strong immune response against COVID-19, especially newer variants.
Vaccinating as many people as possible in our community still reduces the spread of the virus significantly, therefore helping to protect those who do not have strong immune systems.
Learn more on our COVID-19 Vaccination page.
Why aren't Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine approved by the FDA to treat COVID-19?
GET THE FACTS AND COMBAT MISCONCEPTIONS: Misconceptions and false rumors about COVID-19 and vaccinations are common. Stay alert, ask good questions, and check the facts. View Factcheck.org's COVID-19 and Vaccination page.
Additional questions and references
State Department of Health
Please reference the State Department of Health for the state in which you reside for the latest local/state-related information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers leading information about the U.S. response and guidance centered on COVID-19. Topics include:
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics Patient Education
Situation maps are available from many resources. We recommend the World Health Organization situation or Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center status map: