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Booster shots, third doses, and other vaccination topics covered during Q&A

BY: - August 19, 2021

With so much attention on vaccine boosters and third doses, state epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan would like you to know this: They are different things for different populations, and most people aren’t yet eligible for either.  Chan returned to that point a few times in a Thursday Zoom call with more than 300 health care […]

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Health and Human Services officials questioned about vaccine promotion campaign

BY: - August 18, 2021

When asked by an executive councilor how the state is measuring the effectiveness of its $435,000 vaccine promotion campaign – and how it will evaluate a second $844,000 campaign contract passed Wednesday – a state Department of Health and Human Services spokesman gave a list of numbers. And when asked whether future vaccine promotions would […]

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COVID-19 booster shots to roll out starting next month

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON – Top U.S. health officials announced a plan Wednesday to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to Americans starting Sept. 20, with the scheduling of the additional shot to be based on when a person was fully vaccinated.  The new round of jabs will be extended to those who received the two-dose vaccine from either […]

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Vaccine van launches 17-stop tour of state parks

BY: - August 17, 2021

The state’s mobile vaccine van launched a 17-stop tour of state parks this week and is offering an incentive to anyone who visits and gets vaccinated: a day pass to a state park or historic site. The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases climb to levels not seen since late April; there were 245 new cases […]

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Expanded contract sought for marketing firm to promote vaccination

BY: - August 16, 2021

At Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, the state Department of Health and Human Services will ask to increase its $434,500 contract with a Manchester marketing firm to $1.3 million to continue promoting COVID-19 vaccination through 2022. Under the expanded contract, GYK Antler will still use social media, radio and television spots, and billboards to try to […]

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Messaging is a big challenge when it comes to changing minds among the state’s unvaccinated

BY: - August 16, 2021

This story was updated Aug. 16, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. to reflect the state’s most recent contract with GYK Antler. There is no shortage of vaccine “messaging” advice for states like New Hampshire, which appears at a standstill with 39 percent of residents eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine not yet vaccinated. Here’s the challenge: Messaging […]

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New state law requires electronic prescriptions for controlled drugs

BY: - August 12, 2021

New Hampshire has joined nearly 40 other states in addressing its opioid epidemic by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled drugs with a few exceptions. Pharmacists, however, are not required to prove a requested exception is valid, and there are no penalties for violating the new law – at least not now.  Instead, licensing boards will […]

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Veterans Home’s internal assessment of COVID-19 response focused on only three of 37 deaths

BY: - August 10, 2021

In a self-assessment of its COVID-19 response, the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton reviewed its safety protocols, policies, supply inventory, and staffing levels, but only three of 37 resident deaths because those made the news. Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington, a Democrat from Concord, had asked for the report and said it fell short of […]

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Some executive councilors say they’ll oppose contracts with advance payments

BY: - August 9, 2021

Some members of the Executive Council have told the state Department of Health and Human Services they will oppose all future contracts that include advance payments for startup costs. The department said that decision would jeopardize its ability to provide mental health care, support for kids, and other services.  Prepayments have been included in 39 […]

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When it comes to vaccine mandates, employers have the law on their side

BY: - August 9, 2021

It’s a short conversation when workers call employment attorney Jon Meyer asking if their employer can require a COVID-19 vaccination and fire them if they refuse. With very few exceptions, the answer is yes – regardless of arguments that doing so is illegal until the vaccines get final approval from the Food and Drug Administration.  […]

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Democrats say governor, administration not doing enough to support vaccination effort

BY: - August 5, 2021

With vaccination rates lagging and COVID-19 cases climbing in New Hampshire, a group of Democratic lawmakers and public health advocates called on Gov. Chris Sununu to step up the state’s push to get more residents immunized. Promoting videos of himself and public health officials urging residents to get vaccinated is not enough, they said.  “In […]

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Hospital association supports mandating vaccinations for health care workers

BY: - August 3, 2021

The New Hampshire Hospital Association called Tuesday for mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers in hospitals and all health care settings, citing state data showing unvaccinated people make up 99 percent of COVID-19 cases and 98 percent of COVID-19 deaths.  “The COVID-19 vaccine prevents people from becoming seriously ill, requiring hospitalization, or dying from […]