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Study committee issues recommendations on medical intervention and immunization laws

BY: - November 12, 2021

After six days of testimony from state officials, health care leaders, business organizations, and more than 50 members of the public, a legislative study committee charged with looking at medical intervention and immunization laws has two recommendations for lawmakers.  Employers, its report said, should be required to grant any request for a medical, religious, or […]

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Attorney general signs on to lawsuit challenging vaccine mandate for health care workers

BY: - November 11, 2021

This story was updated November 12, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. to correct the spelling of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.  Attorney General John Formella announced Wednesday that he will join a third multi-state lawsuit challenging federal vaccine mandates, this time the mandate for health care workers.  “The available COVD-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and the state understands […]

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Three Republican councilors change votes, support $22.5 million for vaccine efforts

BY: - November 10, 2021

Three of the Executive Council’s Republicans who helped defeat $27 million in federal contracts for vaccine distribution last month – a move condemned by Gov. Chris Sununu and health care providers – reversed course Wednesday. Councilors Joe Kenney, Janet Stevens, and David Wheeler joined Councilor Cinde Warmingon, the council’s lone Democrat and only member to […]

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Medical intervention committee meeting draws dozens, most opposed to vaccines or mandates

BY: - November 8, 2021

The number of empty seats in the “mask required” section was a good indication of where the testimony was headed at Monday’s legislative meeting on medical intervention: Just a few seats were taken. Nearly 60 people turned out for a public input session before the Committee to Examine the Policy of Medical Intervention Including Immunization, […]

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Sununu joins businesses to blast employer vaccine mandate

BY: - November 8, 2021

As New Hampshire joins a multi-state lawsuit against a Biden administration employee vaccine mandate, some state business leaders are arguing the mandate will cause them to lose employees.  At a press conference Monday, a group of business representatives argued the new mandate – which directs businesses with employees of 100 or more to require vaccines […]

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Lawmakers once again aim to establish adult dental benefit under Medicaid program

BY: - November 8, 2021

Julie Hilliard faces two significant challenges every time her son Cameron, 30, needs basic dental care. His intense fear of medical procedures, triggered by his severe intellectual disability, autism, and epilepsy, requires restraints, anesthesia, and treatment in an operating room, even for a cleaning. But before Hilliard can book that appointment, she must find a […]

State joins lawsuit challenging private employer mandate

BY: - November 5, 2021

It’s official.  Attorney General John Formella announced Friday that New Hampshire has joined 10 other states and several private businesses, religious schools, and organizations in a lawsuit challenging the new federal vaccine mandate on large private employers. Formella indicated he’d do so late last month, when he joined a similar lawsuit challenging the vaccine mandate […]

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Ahead of public hearing next week, committee on medical interventions gets to work

BY: - November 4, 2021

If there’s any doubt COVID-19 and vaccines will dominate much of the next legislative session, consider the nearly 25 pandemic-related proposals on their way to becoming bills. They range from mask mandates and an audit of COVID preparedness in long-term care homes to unemployment benefits for workers fired for violating a vaccine mandate. But first, […]

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Q&A: The biggest equity issues in the state amid the pandemic

BY: - November 4, 2021

People of color have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in New Hampshire and throughout the country. But the collection of data related to race has lagged, obscuring our understanding of COVID’s impact on minority populations in the state.  On Friday, the state’s equity dashboard showed that race data was unknown in 30 percent of […]

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COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 get final endorsement by CDC

BY: - November 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signed off on giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a final decision that means those children can begin receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. Vials of the pediatric version of the vaccine have already been shipped to states, so they […]

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State’s vaccine van: Three months and 1,176 shots

BY: - November 2, 2021

The First Parish Church in Dover has hosted the state’s mobile vaccine van three times and, thanks to a big community advertising campaign, has gotten more people vaccinated than most sites, save for the University of New Hampshire. The count so far is 42 but will no doubt increase with the van’s return on Nov. […]

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Q&A: Pediatrician talks worn-out workers, rejected funds, and vaccinating kids

BY: - November 2, 2021

With the first newly approved COVID-19 vaccines for children likely headed to New Hampshire this week, state officials are urging parents to make an appointment with their health care providers or visit one of nearly 150 pharmacy sites that have committed to vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds.  The news, delivered Thursday, came with a caveat: The […]