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COVID vaccine clinics for kids, adults scheduled at Upper Valley sites

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/5/2021 6:02:04 AM
Modified: 11/5/2021 6:02:13 AM

LEBANON — New Hampshire parents looking to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 have a couple of options coming up next week.

New Hampshire’s mobile vaccination van sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services will be making stops in Claremont and Enfield, according to municipal officials.

And Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley aim to give out 3,000 first doses to children ages 5-11 at three Lebanon clinics on Nov. 13, according to Dr. Susanne Tanski, section chief of general pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The clinics come following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation Tuesday of a child-sized dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Both the Claremont and Enfield clinics will offer all three authorized COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. The clinics are open to adults needing first, second, third or booster doses, and to children 5 and older.

The Claremont Fire Department, at 100 Broad St., is hosting a clinic at the station on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This clinic is first-come, first-served. No appointment is necessary.

Then, on Nov. 13, the Community Lutheran Church, on Main Street in Enfield, is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the fellowship hall of the church. Adults are required to bring their vaccination card, if they have one, and their ID. Parents or guardians must accompany minors in order to sign a consent form. Children also will need some form of identification, such as their birth certificate, school ID or passport.

Sign-ups are required for the Enfield clinic. People can register by emailing Jane Plumley at janeplumley@gmail.com. The message should include name, phone number and the type of vaccination required. People will be assigned a time range for their shots.

There will be a second COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Enfield church on Dec. 4, so those who receive a first dose on Nov. 13 can receive their second dose.

Three clinics for children ages 5 to 11 are scheduled in Lebanon on Nov. 13, Tanski said in a Facebook Live video recorded on Wednesday. Two clinics, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, are for D-H patients. Meanwhile, the third at Lebanon High School is being organized in conjunction with the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley and will be open to the public.

Sign-ups for the D-H clinics will be online through mydh.org by the end of this week. More information about scheduling, including for the Lebanon High event, will be online at go.d-h.org/vaccine.

Tanski advised that children come to the clinics wearing short sleeves to simplify the process.

After the 13th, D-H plans to offer vaccines to children through drive-thru and evening options. In addition, Tanski directed people to local pharmacies that might be offering the vaccine.

In Vermont, people can make COVID-19 vaccine appointments online at healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine or by calling 855-722-7878. People in both states can also look for vaccine appointments online at vaccines.gov.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.




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