As the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities rises, New Hampshire will establish new permanent vaccination locations.
The additional sites will open in two to three weeks, according to health experts, with the first two launching in Plymouth and Berlin. Northern New Hampshire has witnessed the state’s highest increase in case counts in recent weeks.
Lori Shibinette, Commissioner of Health, stated that the state has contracted with On-Site Medical Services to put up the locations. Vaccination appointments will be scheduled utilizing the state’s VINI system, which was previously utilized in New Hampshire.
According to Shibinette, there will eventually be four or five permanent immunization centers in New Hampshire. Residents will also be able to be vaccinated in pharmacies and doctor’s offices like before.
The announcement comes as the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities in New Hampshire continues to grow. The state epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, said there are currently 5,455 active cases of COVID-19 in New Hampshire, the most since Jan. 25.
The number of hospitalizations has risen to 244, the most since January 22.
Gov. Chris Sununu said he expects cases to climb more as the temperature cools, matching a spike last autumn and winter. He stated that more schools are beginning to organize vaccination clinics for children aged 5 to 11, and he asked parents to vaccinate their children who are eligible.
Sununu believes that if the state’s immunization rate remains unchanged, instances might increase more than they did last year.
“Yeah, that’s quite probable,” he responded, “and unfortunately, that’s what I’m planning on.” “Of course, I don’t want to see it.”
He also stated that everybody who is qualified for a booster should obtain one as soon as possible. Sununu received the Johnson & Johnson vaccination and stated that his booster dose is due for Friday.
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