COVID-19 Vaccination

 

Vaccine information from Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and make your own choice about vaccination:

Still need to get a vaccination?

Anyone 12 years or older is now eligible to be vaccinated in New Hampshire. This includes those who are not residents, such as college students, people with second homes in the state, and visitors.

People aged 12-17 must have parent/guardian consent either documented in the VINI electronic appointment system or in-person at the time of vaccination.

Vaccine appointments

Make a vaccination appointment at vini.nh.gov or by calling 800-232-0233, enter your zip code and choose the best date and location for you.

Walk-In opportunities

Walk-in vaccinations will be available without appointments, while supplies last on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 7, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 62 Maple Ave in Keene

There will be a medical professional from the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network (GMPHN) available to answer questions. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available.

Interested in having a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at your organization? Email jparayil@cheshire-med.com.

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Vaccination appointment questions:

Can receive a vaccine without an appointment?

The Greater Monadnock Public Health Network is teaming up with local partners, such as employers and churches, to offer walk-in vaccinations at community events and locations. Publicly available clinics are listed above.

Otherwise, please make an appointment via vini.nh.gov or by calling 800-232-0233

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 at the vaccination site. However, no one – for any reason – 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)

On the day of your vaccination:

If you have an appointment, please complete your pre-vaccination questionnaire BEFORE your appointment

On the day of each vaccination appointment, you will be sent an email with a link to log in to VINI. It helps our volunteers if you fill out the questionnaire BEFORE coming to your appointment.

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 to receive the injection.

What documents should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring a Federal ID, such as a

  • valid driver's license
  •  non-driver ID card 
  • birth certificate
  • passport

If arriving for your second vaccine shot, please bring your vaccination card. 

I am 12 - 17 years of age, what do I need to bring?

Please bring

  • Your parent or guardian, along with one of the documents above.
  • A driver's license, non-driver's state ID, birth certificate, or passport that confirms your age.

If arriving for your second vaccine shot, please bring your vaccination card. 

I lost my vaccination card before my second vaccination

Staff at the vaccination clinic will be able to look you up in the VINI system to verify your information if you are unable to bring your card to your second appointment.

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

  • Please plan on approximately 20 minutes for your appointment – this includes your 15 minute observation time after you receive your shot. 
  • Please plan to arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. 
  • Vaccine appointments are in 5-minute slots.
  • You will need to wait 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.

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

No.  The scheduling system records 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 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 and Johnson vaccine shot.

Once I am fully vaccinated, what can I start doing?

Proof of vaccination

My vaccine card contains inaccurate information. How can I get the information corrected?

If there is an error on your vaccine card (dose, date, etc.), please send an email to covidvaccinescheduling@dhhs.nh.gov with a request to update that information.

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

The vaccination card given to you during your appointment serves as proof, with dates and dose numbers.

Otherwise, once you have received your second vaccination, you will be able to log back into the system where you scheduled your appointment, either VAMS or VINI, and print a certificate.

I am not able to access or print my vaccine certificate. What should I do?

If any of the statements below are true and you received your vaccine at the Keene-Krif Road site, continue to the ACTION ITEM below:
  • I can’t access the website or I don’t have a computer.
  • I did not register for my appointment through vaccines.nh.gov.
  • I was an add-on for someone else’s appointment.
  • I was an add-on at the Keene Krif Road Site.
  • A third party made my appointment for me.

If ANY of the above statements are TRUE, continue to the ACTION ITEM below.

If NONE of the above statements are true, please follow the FAQ immediately below ( I am unable to view or print my vaccine certificate in VAMS. Who can help me?)

ACTION ITEM: To request a copy of you vaccination certificate after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the site in Keene, send an email to vaccine@cheshire-med.com with all the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • The date you received your first and second dose
  • The vaccine you received: Pfizer or Moderna
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number

You will receive a confirmation message that we’ve received your request. We will email you back once we are able to process your request with a PDF of your certificate.

Thank you for your patience with this process.

I am unable to view or print my vaccine certificate in VAMS or VINI. Who can help me?

First, please check that your web browser settings allow pop-ups for the VAMS website. If pop-ups are blocked you should go to your web browser settings to allow for pop-ups.

If you are using Internet Explorer, you should try using a different internet browser. 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.

If you are still unable to view and print the PDF, please send an email to covidvaccinescheduling@dhhs.nh.gov to request they email you a PDF of your 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 our community vaccination effort?

How can I help minority community members become comfortable with vaccination and sign up for a vaccine?

Cheshire's Center for Population Health has created a page to help advocates educate minority communities on the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, provide materials in multiple languages, and address vaccine hesitancy. Visit Vaccine Outreach Support for Minority Communities.

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

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