COVID-19 Vaccination

How can I get a COVID-19 vaccination or booster in the Monadnock Region?

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at local pharmacies

COVID-19 booster shots and vaccines are now readily available at local pharmacies and are easy to find by entering your zip code and desired vaccine at vaccines.gov.

Vaccine information from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics:

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Adult booster appointments at Cheshire

Find detailed information about booster shots and recommended schedules can be found on the CDC website here.

Dartmouth Health facilities such as Cheshire Medical Center will be offering 2nd booster doses to eligible patients during your appointment. Please call your primary care team. You may also schedule your booster at a local pharmacy.

Pediatric (ages 5 to 18) vaccination appointments at Cheshire

Patients, ages 5 to 18, with a primary care provider at Cheshire Medical Center, Walpole, or Winchester can receive their 1st, 2nd (all ages) or booster (12+) by calling Pediatrics at 603-354-6666 to schedule a weekday appointment. Shots are given in the Pediatrics department in Keene.

Pediatric Boosters: While the CDC now recommends boosters for everyone aged 5 and over, Cheshire Medical Center is awaiting authorization to offer boosters to those under 18—expected the first week of June.

COVID-19 vaccination frequently asked questions for parents from the New Hampshire Medical Society.

What to expect: Ben's vaccination video from Dartmouth Health Children's

Walk-in community vaccination clinics

Locations and dates of pop-up clinics hosted by Greater Monadnock Public Health Network—all "while supplies last"

PLEASE NOTE: at this time GMPHN cannot give 4th vaccine doses (2nd booster shots) to people under the age of 65. If you are eligible for a 2nd booster but are under the age of 65, please schedule your booster with your primary care provider or a local pharmacy until further notice.

  • There are currently no upcoming booster clinics held by GMPHN

To host a clinic, email jparayil@cheshire-med.com.

Homebound vaccination program

If you are homebound and need a vaccination shot, call New Hampshire DHHS' Homebound Call Center at 603-338-9292, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm or fill out the online form at www.onsitenh.com/vaccine.

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Using myDH to upload your vaccine card to your medical record

Please consider easily uploading your vaccination card to myDH.

  • By uploading your vaccine card, you’ll always have access to your vaccination status.
  • Once you’ve uploaded your vaccination card, you’ll have a unique QR code in your account and right on your mobile device.
  • You can easily show the QR code when required to share your COVID-19 vaccination status. Follow these directions to upload your vaccination card.

Follow these instructions from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics to upload your vaccination card.

Vaccination appointment questions:

Will I be charged or even asked for any payment information related to COVID-19 vaccination?

No.

You may be asked for your insurance information, but no one should ask for payment information, such as a bank account or credit card number. Please beware of scam phone calls and websites asking for such information.

I don’t have transportation or am homebound, how do I get vaccinated?

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)

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.

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 either your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine shot or after your one Johnson & Johnson vaccine shot.

Recommended resources

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

Check vaccination rates by town in NH here.