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NH state vaccine sites open to walk-in appointments starting Monday

  • FILE - In this March 19, 2021, file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Kansas City, Mo. States across the country are dramatically scaling back their COVID-19 vaccine orders as interest in the shots wanes, putting the goal of herd immunity further out of reach. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Concord Monitor
Published: 5/13/2021 9:58:48 PM
Modified: 5/13/2021 9:58:45 PM

CONCORD — Granite Staters will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment starting next week.

Beginning Monday, certain state vaccination states, including those in Concord, Dover and Nashua, will reserve about 50 doses a day for walk-in vaccine appointments, Gov. Chris Sununu announced at a news conference Thursday.

Sununu said this change was made partly to minimize the number of doses that go to waste and partly to remove barriers to getting vaccines to residents.

“When the thought strikes them that it’s time to get that vaccine, they can walk right in,” he said.

The fixed sites will have Pfizer vaccines on hand to ensure that those ages 12 to 18 can still participate in walk-in appointments. Second dose appointments will be scheduled during the first dose appointment.

Sununu also addressed a New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling from earlier this week that said patients in a mental health crisis can no longer be involuntarily committed in emergency rooms without being offered a probable cause hearing within three days of their confinement.

“Instead of dismissing or fighting the ruling, we are absolutely embracing it as an opportunity,” he said. “It is an opportunity to break barriers that we’ve been trying to break down for years.”

He said he will sign an executive order that will create emergency administrative rules to make services more available to those in mental health crisis, evaluate all of the current mental health services and consider contracting additional mental health providers.

He said more beds at New Hampshire Hospital will open in a matter of days.

“Bringing in a child and seeing them sit in numbers for days and days without service for one reason or another is just unacceptable,” he said.

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