Getting the Vaccine

Where can I find information about distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Each state follows a vaccination plan which aligns with the distribution of vaccine to that state.

For more information about how vaccines are being distributed in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, visit each state's dedicated website:

When can I get vaccinated?

Starting January 22 at 8 am, New Hampshire residents, 65 years of age and older, can visit and register to get vaccinated at one of the State-run vaccination locations. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 211 to get help with registration.

Other people that can begin to get vaccinated include those 16-64 years of age with 2 or more with high risk health conditions (identified by the CDC), and the following groups:

  • Medically vulnerable at significantly higher risk, including family caregivers for those under 16
  • Staff and residents of facilities for individuals with an intellectual disability
  • Corrections officers and staff

Visit New Hampshire's vaccine information website to learn more about the State's distribution plan and phases.

Where are the 13 State-run fixed vaccination sites?

  • Claremont: River Valley Comm. College at 1 College Pl
  • Concord: Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road
  • Dover: C&J Bus Lines at 23 Indian Brook Road
  • Exeter: Exeter High School at 1 Blue Hawk Dr
  • Hooksett: SNHU at 73 Eastside Dr
  • Keene: Keene State College at 80 Krif Rd
  • Laconia: Lakes Region Comm. College at 379 Belmont Rd
  • Lebanon: 250 N Plainfield Rd in West Lebanon (formerly JCPenney)
  • Littleton: Littleton Armory at 350 Meadow St
  • Londonderry: 2 Garden Lane
  • Nashua: Nashua High School South at 36 Riverside Dr
  • Plymouth: PSU lot at 19 Armory Rd
  • Tamworth: DMV at 1864 White Mountain Hwy

I am a patient and a New Hampshire resident that is 16-64 with 2 or more high-risk health conditions (per the CDC). How do I schedule my vaccination?

You may be eligible for vaccination as part of New Hampshire’s Phase 1b. We are currently identifying patients who meet this criteria.

  • D-HH will verify patient eligibility and submit appropriate documentation to the State.
  • If you meet this criteria, you will receive an email and letter from D-HH once your documentation has been submitted to the State.
  • After receiving the documentation from D-HH, the State of New Hampshire will then send you an email link to register, or you will receive a phone call if you do not have an email on file. This may take up to 5 days.

Where do I go to get my vaccine?

The State of New Hampshire is asking that all New Hampshire residents be directed to the State-run vaccination clinics, as vaccines will not be distributed to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health locations at this time.

Please understand that we are required to follow New Hampshire State guidelines in determining who can be vaccinated and where they can be vaccinated. We appreciate your patience and regret that we are not able to vaccinate our patients at this time.

Visit New Hampshire's vaccine information website to learn more about the State's distribution plan and phases.

If I own property in New Hampshire but my permanent residence is somewhere else, can I still get the vaccine in New Hampshire?

No. According to State officials, you must have a permanent residence in New Hampshire to be eligible to get vaccinated in New Hampshire.

How much will the vaccine cost?

The COVID-19 vaccines are being covered by the federal government and will be available at no cost to the patient.

How is the vaccination given?

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines) are given in two doses, injected into the muscles of the upper arm, similar to a flu shot (intramuscularly). COVID-19 adenovirus vector vaccines (such as the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are given as a single dose, also injected into the muscles of the upper arm.

Why do I have to receive two doses of the mRNA vaccine?

The first shot starts building immunity, but it is not enough for protection. The second shot given a few weeks later is needed to get the most protection from the vaccine.

There is too little data on the efficacy of a single dose of mRNA vaccine for the CDC to make recommendations at this time. A single dose viral vector vaccine is available and while effective, the protection offered against mild COVID-19 may be less than that provided by a two-dose mRNA vaccine.

When is the second mRNA vaccine dose given?

Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine is a 2-dose intramuscular injection separated by 21 days.

Moderna’s vaccine is a 2-dose intramuscular injection separated by 28 days (1 month).

Does the second dose of the mRNA vaccine have to be the same vaccine I was initially given?

Yes, ideally. The second dose should be from the same manufacturer as your first dose.

When you receive your first dose, you will also receive a COVID-19 vaccination record card. Bring your COVID-19 vaccination record card when you return for your second dose to ensure you are getting the corresponding vaccination. You should be sure to return to the same location where you received your first dose.

In exceptional situations in which the vaccine product given for the first dose cannot be determined or is no longer available, any available mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at a minimum interval of 28 days between doses to complete the mRNA COVID-19 vaccination series. In situations where the same mRNA vaccine product is temporarily unavailable, it is preferable to delay the 2nd dose (up to 6 weeks) to receive the same product than to receive a mixed series using a different product. If two doses of different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine products are administered in these situations (or inadvertently), no additional doses of either product are recommended at this time.

The safety and efficacy of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine administered after an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine has not been established. However, in limited, exceptional situations where a patient received the first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine but is unable to complete the series with either the same or different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., due to contraindication), a single dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered at a minimum interval of 28 days from the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose. See the Contraindications and Precautions section for additional information on the use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and additional precautions in people with a contraindication to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Patients who receive the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine after a dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be considered to have received a valid, single-dose Janssen vaccination—not a mixed vaccination series.

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

Due to the current limited supply of vaccines, you will not be able to choose a specific vaccine manufacturer at this time.

If I've already had COVID-19, do I still need the vaccine?

The CDC states you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. You can learn more about the benefits of getting the vaccine on the CDC website.

I just received an unrelated vaccine. When should I receive my COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine should be given alone and at least 14 days after you received another vaccine (such as a flu vaccination or varicella-zoster). This limits any potential interaction between the two vaccines that may interfere with the vaccine's effectiveness.

I was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. When should I receive my COVID-19 vaccine?

Vaccination should be deferred for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, regardless of whether they have symptoms until they have met the criteria to discontinue their isolation.

I was treated for COVID-19 with antibody therapy. When should I receive my COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine should not be given for at least 90 days after a person receives passive antibody therapy (such as convalescent plasma and/or monoclonal antibodies, such as bamlanivimab, bamlanivimab/etesevimab, and casirivimab/imdevimab) for the treatment of COVID-19, to avoid the possibility of the antibody therapy interfering with the vaccine.

How long after getting the COVID-19 vaccine should I wait before I donate blood?

For both the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you must wait a full 3-days before you can donate blood. The three-day waiting period starts the day after you receive the vaccine. For example, If you get the vaccine on a Monday, you would be eligible to donate blood on Friday (eligible on day 4).

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:

Is information about the vaccine available in languages other than English?

The FDA website includes Pfizer-BioNTech fact sheets in several languages other than English.