COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Protect yourself from COVID-19

Recently, we have seen a dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 in our communities. As a result, our hospitals are also seeing record-high numbers of COVID-19 patients. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) continues to work to provide the best care possible, but we need your help to ensure our ability to serve all who need us. Thank you for your support, your patience, and your kindness during these challenging times.

What you need to know

Overall, 65% of the New Hampshire population is fully vaccinated, with many having also received or signed up to receive a booster dose. Unfortunately, this is still not enough to stop the spread of the virus. We know that younger age groups have lower rates of vaccination and less social distancing and mask-wearing in public. Please encourage the younger people in your lives to get vaccinated and follow safety precautions.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine and testing information:

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters have been shown to reduce the severity of illness and hospitalizations and reduce deaths from COVID. The vaccines, along with mask-wearing, physical distancing, and hand washing are our best defense against this pandemic. Please get vaccinated, for your health, and for the health of your loved ones.

We also encourage our patients and families to use all local and state resources, including retail pharmacies, to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Other places to get booster shots in New Hampshire

The State of New Hampshire has many options for booster shots including:

  • Saturday, December 11 is Operation Booster Blitz. Appointments are required. Sign up on the New Hampshire vaccine website. There will be many sites throughout the state specifically designated for booster vaccines.
  • The NH Mobile Vaccine Van has availability for anyone to receive vaccines or boosters. To see the current van schedule and locations visit the New Hampshire vaccine website and click the “Find the Van” image. Organizations can also request the van to come to your location by clicking the “Book the Van” image.

Home-based COVID-19 tests

Home-based tests (also called antigen tests) are becoming more widely available. While it’s certainly convenient to test yourself at home, there are important things to know about these tests, including their reliability:

  • If you have symptoms and take an antigen test and your test is negative the results are not reliable. You should get a PCR test for a more reliable test result.
  • A positive antigen test is likely accurate and can be trusted.
  • PCR tests are more reliable (for asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals) for testing those who have had high-risk exposures to COVID-19.

Uploading your vaccine card to your medical record

You can upload your vaccination card easily to myD-H. 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 show the QR code at participating locations that require you to share your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Follow these instructions to upload your vaccination card.

COVID-19 testing

You can now schedule COVID-19 testing at D-HH locations using myD-H. For locations and hours, please visit our COVID-19 Testing Information web page.