Vaccination

How can I get immunized against Flu or COVID-19 in the Monadnock Region?

To find other booster shot vaccination clinics near you, please visit Vaccines.gov. You can also call 1-800-232-0233. Most pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreens, are providing booster shots.

Patients 12 years and older can also receive COVID-19 vaccinations, bivalent boosters, and flu shots during a scheduled appointment with their primary care provider.

Patients 6 months to 12 years can receive COVID-19 vaccinations, bivalent boosters, and flu shots in the Pediatrics department at Cheshire by calling 603-354-6666.

Pediatric booster update

The updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccine that was approved for children ages 6 months and older in December 2022 is available in our Pediatrics department for established patients. 

The expanded vaccine recommendations vary according to the type of primary vaccine series the child has received. Established patients of Cheshire Medical Center, Walpole or Winchester Family Medicine and Pediatrics can call the Pediatrics department at 603-354-6666 to schedule an appointment or get their questions answered.

Learn more about booster eligibility from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics.

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

Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC) is a local volunteer resource to support those without access to transportation.

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)

New Hampshire 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.

Get the facts and combat misconceptions: False rumors about COVID-19 and vaccinations are very common. Stay alert, ask good questions, and check the facts. View Factcheck.org's COVID and Vaccination page.

Using myDH to upload your COVID-19 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.

What side effects should I expect in the days following my COVID-19 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 COVID-19 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.