COVID-19 Vaccination

Please read this page carefully before calling your provider's office directly about eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. While Cheshire Medical Center is assisting the State of New Hampshire and the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network in vaccine distribution to our region, our medical center is not registering people for vaccination appointments or vaccinating people at our facilities. 

We have high hopes for this vaccine as another important step—along with the effective techniques of mask-wearing, physical distancing, and handwashing—in ending this pandemic.

Quick links to sections of frequently asked questions

Before I sign up for a vaccine, I want to know...

Where do I learn more about the vaccines?

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health's website has a robust COVID-19 vaccine frequently asked questions page.

The CDC has published important facts surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why should I get vaccinated?

COVID-19 is making people sick around the world. In addition to wearing masks, keeping 6 feet apart, and washing our hands, vaccines are important tools to help slow the spread of this deadly virus. Vaccines help your body fight off the virus and keep you from getting sick. The more people who get vaccinated, the faster we can end the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccines will not give you the disease. Vaccines make your body think you have the disease without actually getting it. The immune system, the part of your body that fights sickness, responds to the vaccine by creating antibodies. Antibodies are disease-specific proteins that fight off the virus when they see it. The vaccines currently available use mRNA technology, which does not affect or interact with a person’s DNA. Watch a video from Johns Hopkins about mRNA vaccines.

Will vaccination change my need to quarantine if I am exposed to COVID-19?

I don’t have health insurance. Will I be charged for COVID-19 vaccination?

No.

Will someone helping me schedule an appointment ask for any payment information like a credit card number?

No! Anyone who asks you for payment information, such as a bank account or credit card number, regarding vaccination is a scam.

Do I need to continue wearing my mask after I receive the vaccine?

Yes - until scientists have more data about how the vaccines effect transmission and about new variants of the virus recently found in the US.

There is now some early evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus if they have been exposed to it - not just avoid severe symptoms. However, experts still need to learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions.

Until we know more, it is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, including covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Can I be vaccinated at Cheshire Medical Center instead of a state-run site?

No. In our community, vaccines are only being distributed by appointment through the state-run vaccination site in Keene at this time.

Does the Keene site have extra doses to spare at the end of each day that I can show up and receive?

No. The skilled team of Greater Monadnock Public Health Netowrk, National Guard and volunteers operate under a Zero Waste policy. No doses are wasted, and you will NOT receive one if you arrive without an appointment.

I don’t have transportation. Who can help me get to my vaccination appointments?

Local volunteer resources to support those without access to transportation for their COVID-19 vaccine appointment:

Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC) 

Phone: 603-821-0569. CVTC also provides rides for people whose mobility is dependent on a wheelchair. CVTC covers the full Greater Monadnock Public Health Region (map included on the website)

  • CVTC will cover weekday and weekend appointments
  • 1 rider at a time, or two household members (rides happen in personal vehicles, not buses/shuttles)

If you are currently homebound and receiving services from organizations like Monadnock at Home and Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services (HCS) you may also be served in other ways through the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network. We will update this section when more information is available on "Mobile Points of Dispensing", or home vaccination visits.

Is there a waiting period between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccinations?

We recommend you wait 14 days between receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccinations.

Who should NOT receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

The only people the CDC recommends not receive the mRNA vaccine at this time are people who had a rare but severe reaction (anaphylaxis) to their first dose of vaccine.

I have had COVID-19. Should I get the vaccine?

Yes. Unless you are currently actively infected with COVID-19, New Hampshire’s Infectious Disease Bureau recommends you should get the vaccine. Studies have shown that some individuals can get the disease more than once. However, if you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

I have cancer. Where can I learn more about getting vaccinated?

I am pregnant. Where can I learn more about getting vaccinated?

I have had an anaphylaxis allergic reaction before, so should I get the vaccine?

If you have had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine, or if you have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in the vaccine, the Emergency Use Authorization Fact Sheet states that you should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

We recommend that individuals with a history of anaphylaxis (severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction) to any vaccines consult their health care provider on making the decision as to whether or not to be vaccinated.

Individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to foods and other substances not present in the COVID-19 vaccines will be observed for 30 minutes instead of 15 after being vaccinated at the state-run site.

I have a history of Bell’s Palsy. Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Cases of Bell’s palsy were reported in participants in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider these to be above the rate expected in the general population. They have not concluded these cases were caused by vaccination. Therefore, persons who have previously had Bell’s Palsy may receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

I have a history of Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Persons who have previously had GBS may receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. To date, no cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) have been reported following vaccination among participants in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials.

Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells?

No. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any aborted fetal cells. However, Pfizer and Moderna did perform confirmation tests (to ensure the vaccines work) using fetal cell lines.

But it's important to have the full context: Fetal cell lines are not the same as fetal tissue. Fetal cell lines are cells that grow in a laboratory. They descend from cells taken from elective abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. Those individual cells from the 1970s and 1980s have since multiplied into many new cells over the past four or five decades, creating fetal cell lines. Current fetal cell lines are thousands of generations removed from the original fetal tissue. 

When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for emergency use, neither the Pfizer nor Moderna vaccines used fetal cell lines during the development or production phases. (So, no fetal cell lines were used to manufacture the vaccine, and they are not inside the injection you receive from your doctor.) However, both companies used the fetal cell line HEK 293 in the confirmation phase to ensure the vaccines work. All HEK 293 cells are descended from tissue taken from a 1973 elective abortion that took place in the Netherlands. 

None of the COVID-19 vaccines in development use fetal cells taken from recent abortions. 

We understand this topic is very sensitive and important within communities of faith. We want everyone to feel like they are making a fully informed decision. We encourage anyone with concerns about the use of fetal cell lines in vaccine development to weigh the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines with their doctor and have a personal conversation with a faith leader.

These articles contain more information and comments from the Vatican:  

  • https://www.catholicnews.com/vatican-without-alternatives-current-covid-19-vaccines-are-morally-acceptable/  
  • https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/12/21/948806643/vatican-oks-receiving-covid-19-vaccines-even-if-research-involved-fetal-tissue

What vaccination phase am I eligible for?

What are the phases of New Hampshire’s vaccination plan?

New Hampshire’s Phased Vaccination Plan (PDF)

The state is administering the vaccine in six different phases: 

  • Phase 1A (vaccine administration to this group has begun): health care workers, first responders and people associated with long-term care settings.
  • Phase 1B (began on Jan. 26 and continues through the spring): people with significant medical conditions that leave them more vulnerable to the coronavirus, all adults over the age of 65, staff and residents of IDD facilities, corrections officers and prison staff Guidelines for Phase 1B (PDF)
  • Phase 2A (March - May): K-12 school staff, and childcare staff
  • Phase 2B (March - May): adults between 50-64 years old 
  • Phase 3A (May and beyond): those under the age of 50 who have moderate risk factors related to COVID-19
  • Phase 3B (May and beyond): everyone who has not already been vaccinated

1B: I am 65 years or older and a resident of New Hampshire.

  • New Hampshire residents 65 years and older are now able to request an appointment at a state public vaccination clinic at vaccines.nh.gov.
  • If you do not have internet access, call 2-1-1.
  • It is expected appointments for people in this stage will be scheduled through late spring.
  • Even though appointments may be limited at this time, the state expects the supply of vaccines to increase and will open new appointments accordingly.
  • You do NOT need a doctor's note regarding medical vulnerability. Having comorbidities that put you at higher risk from COVID-19 will not affect how quickly you are able to get an appointment for vaccination if you are over 65 years of age. Your provider cannot "bump" you to the front of the line. Appointments are made by the state on a first-come-first-served basis as they become available.

1B: I am a New Hampshire resident, age 16-64, with 2 or more qualifying high-risk health conditions.

Phase 1B includes people with two (2) or more specific medical conditions that put them at significantly higher risk of severe symptoms or death from COVID-19. Find more detailed information on the eligible medical conditions for Phase 1B here (PDF).

Cheshire Medical Center provided documentation directly to the state for those who qualify. Please note that this does not include the nature of your health conditions. If you believe you qualify for Phase 1B and have not yet received communication regarding your pre-registration for vaccination, call your primary care provider's office to check on your status.

Once the state has your contact information, they can then invite you to schedule an appointment in VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System). 

Scheduling companion vaccination appointments: VAMS gives an option to bring one person is eligible to be vaccinated in phase 1A or B to your vaccination appointment so you can be vaccinated together.

  • Those with qualifying high-risk health conditions can ONLY accompany another eligible person to their appointment if they have ALREADY registered in VAMS, themselves.
  • If you are under age 65 and not already registered in VAMS as eligible to receive a vaccine, you will not receive a vaccine shot when you accompany a registered vaccine recipient to their appointment.

If you have a myD-H account: 

  • You will receive an email invitation from the CDC to register in VAMS and schedule your vaccine appointment.
  • The email will be from: no-reply@mail.vams.cdc.gov. Please make sure this email address is not blocked or sent to your spam filter or junk mail folder.
  • This process can take up to five (5) business days.

If you do not already have a myD-H account:

  • You will receive an update via postal mail from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health after we submit your documentation to the state.
  • We recommend you call 2-1-1 to register and schedule your vaccine, as the state will not be able to send you an email invitation.

If you think you qualify for Phase 1B and have not heard from the state by the end of this week, please call your provider’s office.

1B: I’m a caregiver for a child under 16 years of age with 2 or more qualifying high-risk health conditions.

  • Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not authorized for distribution to people under the age of 16. However, caregivers of medically vulnerable people in this age range are eligible in Phase 1B.
  • We will update this section when we have more detailed information from the state regarding how you may schedule your vaccine.

1B: Staff and residents at residential facilities for persons with disabilities

If the residential facility you are affiliated with, or your employer has not registered you for a vaccine appointment, you may register and schedule appointments with the state public vaccination clinics at vaccines.nh.gov or by calling 2-1-1.

1B: Corrections officers and staff working in correctional facilities

If your employer has not registered you for a vaccine appointment, you may register and schedule appointments with the state public vaccination clinics at vaccines.nh.gov or by calling 2-1-1.

NOT ELIGIBLE: I am not a New Hampshire resident.

Only New Hampshire residents are eligible to be vaccinated in New Hampshire at this time.

Individuals need to bring one of the following to their appointment to prove eligibility:

  • Valid, unexpired NH driver's license or non-driver ID card.
  • A payroll check, payroll document, or employment contract showing your legal New Hampshire address, dated within the past 60 days.
  • A government-issued payment (ie. social security), showing your legal New Hampshire address, dated within the past 60 days.
 

How do I pre-register for a vaccination appointment in New Hampshire?

65 and older

  • Request an appointment at a state public vaccination clinic at vaccines.nh.gov. If you do not have internet access, call 2-1-1.
  • To sign up, you will need to answer questions about your allergies. If you have not needed to go to the emergency department for a severe allergic reaction in your life, you can answer “no” to the questions about allergies.
  • You will also be asked if you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days and were treated with antibody therapy. If you have not been in the hospital because of COVID-19 in the last three (3) months, you can answer “no” to this question.
  • You will also be asked about health insurance, but it is not required information.
  • Once finished, you should receive an email within 48 hours from no-reply@envelope.mail.vams.cdc.gov. This will invite you to register for VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System), where you can book your appointment.
  • Make sure you know your password for VAMS, as you will need to log in several times before your vaccinations are complete.
  • If you do not receive an email from this address within a few days, check your spam & junk folders, search your inbox for "CDC" or if you are a Gmail user, look in your "promotions" tab. Still can't find it? Call 2-1-1 for help.

 2 or more high-risk health conditions, aged 16-65

  • You do not need to pre-register for your appointment. If you are a Cheshire patient and a New Hampshire resident between the ages of 16 and 64 and are, we will provide the necessary documentation to the state.
  • If you are eligible for a vaccine this way, you will be notified in your myD-H account, by email, phone, or mail that we have submitted your information to the state.
  • You will receive an invitation from the state to sign up for your vaccine. The state will contact you either by phone or email using the information in your myD-H account. To update or register for myD-H, go to myDH.org.
  • You should receive an email within 48 hours from no-reply@envelope.mail.vams.cdc.gov. This will invite you to register for VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System), where you can book your appointment.
  • Make sure you know your password for VAMS, as you will need to log in several times before your vaccinations are complete.
  • If you do not receive an email from this address within a few days, check your spam & junk folders, search your inbox for "CDC" or if you are a Gmail user, look in your "promotions" tab. Still can't find it? Call 2-1-1 for help.

Caregivers for the under age 16 with 2 or more high-risk health conditions

We will update this section when we have more detailed information from the state regarding how you may schedule your vaccine.

The operator at 2-1-1 told me to contact my provider to make sure it’s safe for me to get the vaccine.

  • Please ask why the 2-1-1 operator referred you back to your provider, so you can ask your provider for the right information.
  • Our Cheshire providers cannot access VAMS and have no way to give you an earlier appointment if you are already eligible for Phase 1B.
  • Some people are told to call their provider if they do not know if they have had an allergic reaction to a vaccine. Anaphylaxis is a very serious, life-threatening reaction where you would have been taken to an emergency room. If this has never happened to you, answer “no” to these questions.
  • Some people are told to call their provider if they do not know if they have been treated with antibody therapy for COVID-19. If you have not been in hospital because of COVID-19 in the last three (3) months, you can answer “no” to this question.

What is “VAMS” and what do I use this system for?

VAMS stands for Vaccine Administration Management System. This is the system our federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses to schedule and track COVID-19 in the United States.

CDC created an FAQ page to help you navigate the VAMS system.

Use VAMS to

  1. Make your first vaccination appointment
  2. Make or change your second vaccination appointment if you have already received your first shot (starting Feb 11, 2nd appointments are made on-site)
  3. Get a certificate confirming you have been fully vaccinated after your second shot.

Log in at: https://vams.cdc.gov/vaccineportal/s/login/

What email address will I be contacted by?

no-reply@envelope.mail.vams.cdc.gov.

Check your spam and junk folders. Those with google accounts might find the email under their "promotions" tab. Those with ne.rr email addresses may not receive the email and should call 2-1-1 for assistance.

How long can it take for me to receive an appointment invitation email after pre-registration?

Up to five (5) days. If you have not received an email from VAMS within five (5) days of pre-registering, call 2-1-1.

I have 2 or more high-risk health conditions (aged 16-65), but have not received an email from D-HH or the CDC yet. What should I do?

Call your provider to check the contact information we have on file for you and whether your information has already been sent to the state for pre-registration. 

If your provider confirms your information has been sent to the state and you haven't received an invitation to schedule an appointment, call 2-1-1 for assistance.

Will someone call me and ask for payment information such as a bank or credit card number?

No! Anyone who asks you for payment information, such as a bank account or credit card number, regarding vaccination is a scam. Vaccination is at no cost to you. If you have health insurance, we may require your information at the vaccination site in order to bill your insurance.

Next step: How do I schedule my vaccination appointment?

Appointment Availability and Timing

You may not be scheduled for an appointment right away. Appointment availability depends on the amount of vaccine our local vaccination site received from the state. Anyone eligible for a vaccine during this phase will receive an appointment, but appointments may extend into late spring.

If you are a Monadnock Region resident and your appointment is more than 5 weeks out, please do NOT cancel the delayed appointment. Instead, join the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network's community vaccine waitlist.

Can I arrive at the Keene vaccination site in the evening to receive a "leftover" dose without an appointment?

No. Our team operates under a Zero Waste policy so there are no leftover doses and you will be turned away.

If you are already registered in VAMS and your appointment is more than 5 weeks out, you may  join the Monadnock Region waitlist in case you can be rescheduled for an earlier appointment.

Can I join someone who is attending their scheduled appointment and receive the vaccine, myself?

In New Hampshire you can only do this if you are eligible in Phase 1A or 1B

AND

  • you are already registered in VAMS  

OR  

  • present a valid ID showing you are 65 years or older.
  • The additional person will receive registration documents to fill out when you arrive at your appointment.
  • Only one additional person can be vaccinated per appointment.

Are there helpful instructions for making an appointment from the VAMS email I received?

Is it true that I can’t use Internet Explorer to book my appointment via VAMS?

Yes. Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox are the browsers you can use to open the link to VAMS in your email. You can download Google Chrome here.

I pre-registered at vaccines.nh.gov but have not received an email from VAMS within five (5) days.

Please check the junk and spam folders in the email account you used to pre-register. The email you are looking for comes from

no-reply@envelope.mail.vams.cdc.gov

with the subject "Please register in VAMS to schedule an appointment”

Please check your junk and spam folders, use the search bar to search for "CDC", and Gmail users should check their "promotions" tab.

If you cannot find this email, call 2-1-1 for help between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm.

I already registered in VAMS and have a password but lost the login email. What is the link?

Can a significantly high-risk family member share an appointment with someone over 65 years of age?

Yes, as long as the high-risk family member is already registered in VAMS. It is important that each medically high-risk person under 65 years of age have their own VAMS account and appointment.

Can my provider “move me up the line” and help me get an appointment sooner?

  • No. Our providers do not have access to VAMS.
  • Our providers continue to identify patients who may be eligible for Phase 1B due to high-risk medical conditions. This process pre-registers medically high-risk patients between 16 and 64 years of age as part of Phase 1B with the State of New Hampshire.
  • All Phase 1B appointments are scheduled via VAMS on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, if your appointment is more than 5 weeks out, you may  join the Monadnock Region waitlist in case you can be rescheduled for an earlier appointment.

How do I book my second vaccination appointment?

Those who received their first dose prior to February 10th

  • If you have already received one shot and have not yet received your second, log into VAMS to choose your second appointment https://vams.cdc.gov/vaccineportal/s/login/
  • Due to limited initial supplies, available appointments may be more than four (4) weeks from your first appointment. Please choose the first available appointment within six (6) weeks or continue to check back as more appointments become available.

After February 10th

  • When you receive your first shot, the volunteer team at the Krif Road site in Keene will book your second appointment for you, on-site.

What do I do on the day of my appointment?

How do I complete my pre-vaccination questionnaire?

On the day of each vaccination appointment, you must log in to VAMS.

Click on the “Action Required” prompt that appears 12 hours before your appointment. Follow the instructions to fill out the questionnaire BEFORE coming to the state-run vaccination site.

What should I wear to my vaccination appointment?

  • Your upper arm and shoulder will need to be exposed so you can be vaccinated.
  • Wear loose sleeves that you can easily roll up above your shoulder or cardigan you can unbutton and pull down below your upper arm.
  • You will need to wait in your car for 15 minutes after your shot, so bring warm clothes.

What documents should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring at least one of the documents below to your vaccination appointment:

  • Valid, unexpired NH driver's license or non-driver ID card.
  • A payroll check, payroll document, or employment contract showing your legal New Hampshire address, dated within the past 60 days.
  • A government-issued payment (ie. social security), showing your legal New Hampshire address, dated within the past 60 days.

How long should I plan to be at my vaccination appointment?

  • Please plan on approximately 30 minutes for your appointment – this includes your 15 minute observation time after you receive your shot.
  • If you arrive early you may need to wait until your appointment time depending on how many people are currently waiting. Please plan to arrive as close to your appointment time as possible.
  • Vaccine appointments are in 10-minute slots.
  • You will need to wait in your car for 15 minutes following your shot in case you experience a very rare reaction to the vaccine and need medical treatment.
  • People with a history of anaphylactic allergic reactions to vaccines or the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine will need to be observed for 30 minutes instead of 15.

Where is the vaccination site in Keene?

The current vaccination site is on Krif Road in Keene, which is part of the Athletic Complex of Keene State College. Krif Road is not on the main campus off Main Street. Use "Krif Road, Keene" rather than "Keene State College" to guide you there using GPS. 

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

No.  VAMS will record which vaccine you receive for your first shot so the volunteers will know which vaccine to administer at your second appointment. 

What if I miss my appointment time?

If you have an appointment and you are late, you may still be vaccinated that day because your dose was allocated to be used that day.

However, you may have to wait until a volunteer becomes available to administer your dose around other patients’ scheduled appointments.

What if I feel unwell during my 15-minute observation period after vaccination?

If you are waiting in a car, honk the horn and a medical professional will respond immediately.

What side effects should I expect in the days following my vaccination?

  • Pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you got your shot.
  • Flu-like symptoms mean your immune system is responding to the protein the vaccine told your body to make. These can include:
    • tiredness
    • feeling unwell
    • headache
    • muscle pain
    • chills
    • joint pain
    • fever
    • nausea
    • swollen glands / lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)
  • Most people experience more side effects from the second shot because your body’s immune system recognizes the protein in the vaccine and responds. Please plan accordingly.
  • If you experience flu-like symptoms beyond three (3) days after your vaccination, call your provider in case you were exposed to COVID-19 before you received your vaccination.
  • Learn more from the CDC about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Before being vaccinated, you will receive a COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheet which will include important information about the vaccine. You should read this Fact Sheet carefully.

What do I do if I experience side effects following my vaccination?

CDC and FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). This national system collects data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns. Reports to VAERS help CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. Safety is a top priority.

If you experience side effects that last beyond three (3) days after your injection, contact your provider. It is possible to be exposed to COVID-19 in the week prior to receiving your vaccine, so your provider may recommend testing.

Does the state have a documentation process for people who have received the vaccine?

When you receive your first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, you will receive a card indicating the date you received your first shot and which vaccine you received (Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna).  That information is also recorded on VAMS for use by healthcare professionals.

Is the vaccine immediately effective in people?

No, the vaccine does not provide immediate protection from COVID-19. Full effectiveness takes place 14 days after your second vaccination.  

What do I need to do after my first appointment?

How do I book my second vaccination appointment?

If you received your first shot BEFORE February 10th:

February 11th, onwards:

  • At your first-dose appointment, you will be given a vaccine card. On the back of the card, the date of your first dose appointment will be listed.
  • Your second dose will be scheduled at this time and also added to the back of the card. You will have a specific date and time for your second-dose appointment.

The soonest second appointment available is many weeks out. What should I do?

If you are registered in VAMS as part of Phase 1A or 1B and your first appointment is in April or second appointment is more than 5 weeks out from your first, join the waitlist to be rescheduled.

I lost my vaccination card.

Staff at the state-run vaccination site will be able to look you up in VAMS to verify your information if you are unable to bring your card to your second appointment.

How do I show proof that I’ve received both vaccine doses?

Once you have received your second vaccination, you will be able to log back into VAMS and print a certificate.

How will my provider know when I’ve received both vaccinations?

Please bring your vaccination card or the certificate mentioned above to your next medical appointment.

How can I help with community vaccination?

How do I sign up to volunteer at the state-run vaccination site?

How can I help people lacking transportation to get to their appointments?

Please contact the organizations that serve our region directly if you want to volunteer or donate:

Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC), serving the Greater Monadnock Public Health Region. 877-428-2882

 

How can I encourage others in our community to get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Take a selfie at the vaccination site and post on social media stating the reasons you got your vaccination. Point them to the resources included on this page so those who are unsure about whether to get vaccinated have accurate information on which to base their decision.

Interviews and updates

2/25/21 What You Need to Know about the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Chief Quality Officer Michael Calderwood, MD, MPH, shares information about the efficacy of J&J's vaccine, its potential impact on the trajectory of the pandemic, and why you should feel safe and comfortable taking whichever manufacturer's vaccine becomes available to you first.

2/24/21 Heads Up: Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Khole, Cheshire's infectious disease specialist, joins D-HH's Chief Pharmacy Officer and Vice President of Population Health to answer common questions about the vaccine, anxiety toward the vaccine, herd immunity, and the different COVID-19 variants as part of the “Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19” series.  

2/10/21 Dr. Khole and Tricia Zahn, MPH of our Center for Population Health answer questions about vaccination, hosted by the Greater Keene & Peterborough Chamber .

1/27/21 Dr. Khole and Tricia Zahn, MPH of our Center for Population Health, answered our community's questions live on WKBK's Good Morning with Dan Mitchell. Listen to the 1/27 vaccination Q&A.

12/18/20 D-HH Webinar: Watch COVID-19 Vaccines: Science, Safety, Efficacy and Distribution: Grand Rounds, Part One and Part Two.

Recommended resources

If you have further questions about your state’s vaccination plans: