Vaccination

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

Self-scheduled Keene drive-through vaccination and booster clinics by appointment

Established primary care patients of Cheshire Medical Center at Keene, Walpole and Winchester locations may schedule appointments at drive-through flu and COVID-19 clinics in Keene.

Use myDH to schedule your appointment or call your primary care team at 603-354-6760. If you intend to receive both flu and COVID shots at the same clinic (recommended), please make a separate appointment for each.

Walpole and Winchester patients may also call their providers to schedule in-person appointments for flu-only vaccine clinics at those locations.

Available at these clinics

  • COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna bivalent boosters (ages 12 and older). 
  • COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna primary doses (ages 12 and older).
  • Flu vaccines (ages 6 months and older) and high-dose flu vaccines (ages 65 and older).

Vaccination clinic dates

  • Saturday, October 8 (NOTE: flu vaccinations only)
  • Saturday, October 15, COVID-19 and/or flu
  • Saturday, November 5, COVID-19 and/or flu

Directions to Keene drive-through clinics

Scheduled appointments will take place in the Employee Parking Lot behind the Medical Center at 580 Court Street in Keene, NH. Please follow the signs, do not use the main entrance. View Cheshire Medical Center's campus map with directions (PDF).

Additional reminders

  • If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to your appointment, contact your provider's team for recommendations at 603-354-6760.
  • If you have had an adverse reaction to a flu shot in the past, have an allergy to eggs, or if this is the first time you have had a flu shot, please call your primary care team for recommendations at 603-354-6760.
  • Your insurance company will be billed for this service.

Visit our Flu page for other ways to receive a flu vaccine this season.

An overview of the new bivalent boosters for COVID-19

The new COVID-19 boosters are referred to as bivalent boosters. This means that the booster protects against 2 different kinds of the COVID-19 virus instead of just 1. The new booster protects you against the original coronavirus in addition to the 2 omicron subvariants, which have been causing most of the recent infections.

Who is eligible for the new COVID-19 booster?

The new booster is available for anyone who:

  • Is 12 years or older who has had the primary vaccine series.
  • Received the last dose of the primary vaccine or their last booster dose at least 2 months ago.

Please note that even if you’ve had more than 1 booster shot, you can still receive this updated booster as long as the last booster was at least 2 months ago.

You will be considered “up-to-date” with your COVID-19 vaccines after you’ve received the updated bivalent COVID-19 booster.

Pfizer booster vs Moderna booster

It is important to know that the Pfizer and Moderna boosters have different age requirements.

  • The Pfizer bivalent booster is authorized for those 12 years and older
  • The Moderna bivalent booster is authorized for those 18 and older
  • Children ages 5 to 11 should continue to get the originally approved booster from Pfizer. The FDA and CDC need to evaluate more data before they authorize the new booster for this younger age group.

Pediatric (ages 6 months to 12 years) vaccination appointments at Cheshire

Cheshire Medical Center primary care patients at Keene, Walpole and Winchester locations, ages 6 months to 12 years, can receive their initial vaccination series or booster by calling Pediatrics at 603-354-6666 to schedule a weekday appointment. Shots are given in the Pediatrics department in Keene.

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

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.

Vaccines at local pharmacies

COVID-19 initial series, booster shots and flu vaccines are now readily available at local pharmacies and select grocery stores.

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.