The coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted us all, but there is light at the end of the tunnel now that a vaccine has been approved for emergency use.
Your best protection against COVID-19 is to get the two-stage vaccine, wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, avoid crowds, and wash your hands frequently.
We understand there may be concerns about the new vaccine. While it was developed in record time, the process followed the established protocols and clinical trials required for vaccine development.
As for when a vaccine will be available to you, that depends on many factors. Watch this helpful video to learn more:
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What You Need to Know
On December 14, 2020, New Hampshire received 12,675 doses as part of the state’s vaccine rollout plan. Additional doses will be available in the weeks and months to come, and the general public should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021.
Vaccination will help you build protection against COVID-19 and help prevent you from becoming sick and potentially spreading the virus to others. Since there is no cure for COVID-19, prevention of infection is the primary way to reduce the spread of illness.
There are no out-of-pocket costs to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine doses were purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars and will be given to the American people at no cost.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in NH
COVID-19 Vaccine | Frequently Asked Questions
When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available?
On Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, authorizing emergency use of the vaccine for individuals 16 years of age or older. The expected arrival of the first allotment of COVID-19 vaccine was on Monday, December 14, 2020. New Hampshire expects to receive 12,675 in the first allotment of vaccine for immediate distribution to at-risk health workers including front line clinical staff providing direct patient care.
Is the vaccine safe?
All the data from clinical trials collected to date indicate that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe. Both vaccines have undergone extensive clinical trials that tested for safety and efficacy before submission of application to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization.
What are the common side effects?
Common side effects include:
- injection site pain, swelling, or redness
- feeling unwell
- muscle pain
- joint pain
- swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)
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.
Do I need to continue wearing my mask after I receive the vaccine?
Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, including covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others.
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.
Where can I get more information?
We understand that there are many questions and we encourage you to consult the following websites for additional information:
- CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
- FDA: COVID-19 Vaccines Link: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines
- NH DHHS: COVID-19 Vaccines Link: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/index.htm