What you need to know about coronavirus and vaccines in N.H.

As NHPR continues to track the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we welcome your questions, and your input, guiding our reporting.

Here are our answers to frequently asked questions about the pandemic in New Hampshire.

To read our guide in Spanish, click here.

How common is the coronavirus in New Hampshire?

Updated: January 7, 2021

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data View all counties in New Hampshire with high rates of community transmission.

You can find updated information from the CDC about the level of transmission of the coronavirus in counties across the country here.

NHPR aggregates data from the state Department of Health and Human Services into a series of interactive graphics, which we update as new information becomes available. Click here to see it.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services releases case numbers, hospital admissions and other information daily on the COVID-19 Summary Dashboard.

How many NH residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19?

916,731 New Hampshire residents (67.4% of the population) were fully vaccinated as of early January, according to state data.

The CDC provides daily updates on the number of shots given relative to the number of people eligible for vaccination at a given time.

You can also view information about vaccination rates in New Hampshire on the NHPR coronavirus tracker.

How can I register and schedule a coronavirus vaccine?

If you are 12 or older and have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, you can find a COVID-19 vaccine near you through the state’s vaccine information site at www.vaccines.nh.gov. Anyone under the age of 18 requires the consent of a parent or guardian to be vaccinated.

You can also contact your primary care provider or regional public health network for more information and assistance with getting a vaccine.

Those without a computer or internet connection can call the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services hotline at 2-1-1 For information on how to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here’s where young children in New Hampshire can get their COVID-19 vaccines

Granite Staters looking for a home booster dose, or their first round of vaccinations, can call On-Site Medical Services, the contracted company to provide home boosters, at 603-338-9292 or book an appointment online at the company’s website.

Do I qualify for a booster dose?

Click here to check out our post containing everything you need to know about getting a COVID-19 booster in New Hampshire.

I lost my vaccination card. What should I do?

he is fine! You have options. If you were vaccinated in New Hampshire, you can email the state health department at covidvaccinescheduling@dhhs.nh.gov Or call 2-1-1 to request a new card. You can also access and print your vaccine history by entering your information into the New Hampshire Immunization Information System (NHIIS) portal at www.patientportal.nh.gov.

Not all vaccine recipients currently appear in the NHIIS portal, including those who were vaccinated out of state or who were vaccinated at a New Hampshire pharmacy after the emergency ended in June.

If you forget the contact information you used to register for your COVID-19 vaccine, did not provide contact information, or used a landline, you may also not be able to log into the portal.

You can find out if you are registered with the portal by calling (603) 271-0301. If you are not registered, you can contact your vaccine provider and ask them to forward your information to the state.

What do we know about the safety of the vaccine?

Pfizer-BioNTech . Vaccine Full consent has been grantedl by the Food and Drug Administration. The COVID-19 vaccines Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have been granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which says that “the known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks” of these vaccines.

Serious reactions rarely occur, but there are some potential minor side effects such as redness at the injection site, fatigue and headache. People who receive the vaccination generally wait at the site for 15 minutes to make sure there are no serious side effects. Learn more about the potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC here.

To what extent can I change my behavior once I have the full vaccinations?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in enclosed public spaces in areas of high or high transmission. Federal, state, local, tribal or regional laws, rules, and regulations, including workplace and local business guidelines, may continue to require masks and must be observed. You are still required to wear a mask on trains, planes, buses and all other public transportation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that all unvaccinated people ages 2 and older should wear masks in public places or when they are near people outside their homes.

If you are fully vaccinated but have unvaccinated people in your family, including children, doctors say it is important to participate in a risk assessment to keep your family safe. For example, attending an outdoor gathering with a small group of unvaccinated people may be safer than attending a large indoor gathering.

Find out more from NPR about calculating the coronavirus “risk budget” here.

If I get vaccinated, should I worry about the omicron variant? What about breakouts?

The scientists concluded that the omicron variant of COVID-19 is “highly transmissible,” even among fully vaccinated adults.

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to the omicron variant, but breakthrough infection is likely, according to the CDC. People who have been vaccinated are less likely to get sick or end up in hospital with COVID-19 than unvaccinated people.

You can learn more about COVID-19 hacks here.

NPR: With omicron, you need a mask that means work (December 23, 2021)

What should I do if I think I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you think you may have COVID-19, stay home and call your health care provider.

Under the updated New Hampshire guidelines, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone in their household who has tested positive must self-quarantine or isolate for five days, instead of the previously recommended 10-day period.

Quarantine is not required for those who have been exposed to COVID but are up to date on all of their COVID-19 shots. This includes people over 18 who have received a full round of COVID vaccines plus a booster dose, if eligible. Day 5 testing is still recommended for all exposed persons regardless of vaccination status.

NH adopts new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on coronavirus quarantine and isolation. How does that look? (January 6)

For information on where to take a coronavirus test in New Hampshire, visit the state’s COVID-19 response page. You may also contact your primary care provider for assistance with a COVID-19 test.

Where can I find facts about COVID-19 and how it spreads?

The CDC has a FAQ page with information about the basics of the coronavirus, how it spreads, how to prevent illness, and more. Click here to view it.

Where can I go for help or more information?

  • The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has a hotline for COVID-19 exposure and health advice. Dial 211.
  • https://www.211nh.org/search/ has a range of resources, from housing to legal aid
  • You can also contact any state mental health resources through the NAMI hotline by calling 1-800-242-6264.

What are your questions about the coronavirus in New Hampshire? Let us know in the form below. You can also email us Coronavirus@nhpr.org or leave a voicemail at 603-513-7790.


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQ

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NH DHHS Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

NH DHHS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Quarantine Guide

NH DHHS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Self-Monitoring Guide

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sunono Emergency Orders

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