COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Updated: January 18, 2021

Mid-State is partnering with the New Hampshire Public Health Network to help coordinate vaccinations for Mid-State patients. We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated to help protect themselves and the community from COVID-19.  

Phase 1-B has been announced for COVID-19 Vaccination. Patients in Phase 1-B can sign up for the vaccinations on vaccines.nh.gov starting 1/22/21 at 8:00 AM. Vaccinations are expected to start on 1/26/21 for this phase. 

Important Instructions for Phase 1-B: 

  • If you are 65 or older, you may sign up for the vaccine at vaccines.nh.gov starting January 22nd. 
  • Phase 1-B will offer vaccine to people over age 65, those with chronic medical conditions, or developmental disabilities. 
  • If you are under age 65 and think you may qualify for the Phase 1-B vaccinations by having two or more of the conditions listed, please contact Mid-State at 603-536-4000 to see if you qualify.
  • If you qualify, we will submit your name and you should receive an email from VAMS (Vaccine Administration Management System) within 5 days that allows you to make a vaccine appointment. 

Underlying Medical Conditions (Adapted from the CDC) Include: 

Phase 1b: Two or more conditions 

Phase 3a: One or more conditions  

 Cancer

 Chronic Kidney Disease

 COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

 Down Syndrome

 Heart Conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

 Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

 Obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m or higher but < 40 kg/m  Severe Obesity (body > 40 kg/m)

 Pregnancy

 Sickle cell disease

 Other High Risk Pulmonary Disease 

 Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Note: Flexibility is provided for a health care provider to vaccinate any patient whose primary care provider assesses a significant risk for severe illness due to any multiple co-occurring co-morbidities.

WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW

Stay informed.

Check this page for the latest updates on the vaccine at Mid-State

Continue to keep each other safe.

Please continue to keep each other safe and limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. 

• Wear a mask when in public places

• Wash your hands often

• Practice social distancing

Avoid calling you provider’s office directly for information about the vaccine. 

We will share information with you as it becomes available. 

For questions about COVID-19, including vaccinations:

Call 603-271-5980 or 2-1-1

Or visit nh.gov/covid19

  • There are currently 13 sites throughout New Hampshire, including one in Plymouth, open for vaccinations and Mid-State may also become a site in the future. We will update you regularly on this webpage with information on when and how to schedule a vaccination.
  • The Moderna vaccine is being used at these community sites and the Pfizer vaccine is reserved for hospital healthcare staff. 
  • Side effects so far have been minimal except for a small number of allergic reactions.
  • Everyone is eligible to get the vaccine except those with a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines. Other medical conditions or allergies are not a problem. Anyone who is pregnant should discuss the vaccine with their physician.
  • Some protection from COVID-19 starts about 2 weeks after the first shot, but a second shot is needed to be fully protected. Vaccinations must be repeated in 4 weeks for Moderna and 3 weeks for Pfizer.
  • If you have had COVID-19, you should wait 14 days before getting the vaccine (90 days if you were given antibody treatment).
  • The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are 94-95% effective in preventing COVID-19 and are our most effective way to stop the pandemic.
  • Mask wearing and social distancing precautions will still be needed after you are vaccinated until the CDC has determined that the pandemic has been brought under control.