Scheduling delays in NH for COVID booster shots, vaccine for kids

As COVID-19 cases rise in New Hampshire, some Granite Staters said they are having a hard time scheduling appointments for booster shots and childhood vaccinations.Gov. Chris Sununu said it’s not a matter of delivery, it’s a matter of not having enough people to give the injections. Sununu said there could be a wait of a week or so before an appointment is made, but he said this shows people are taking the risk of taking COVID-19 seriously. “Not just in New Hampshire, but all over New England, as the number of cases and hospitalizations increase, the severity of this variant rolls in, people are realizing it’s time to get this booster shot,” Sununu said. “It’s time to get our kids vaccinated. It’s time to get our vaccine maybe for the first time.” Responding to a WMUR Facebook post, one viewer said the wait for boosters is “ridiculous”. “I waited two hours in a pharmacy to get my booster, and that was before they gave everyone boosters,” said viewer Janet Hirshberg. Sununu said the increased demand for vaccines is a good thing. “More people are getting vaccinated and they are taking the seriousness of these rising COVID numbers where it should be,” Sununu said. Even before a disturbing new variant was identified, December was expected to be a rough month due to the holiday season and people gathering indoors due to the cold weather. “We looked a little bit at what the numbers had been up to between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, and they had gone up and will unfortunately continue to rise this year,” Sununu said. Sununu said he is working on bringing more clinics to schools, and the state’s mobile vaccination vans could also set up clinics.

As COVID-19 cases rise in New Hampshire, some Granite Staters said they are having a hard time scheduling appointments for booster shots and childhood vaccinations.

Governor Chris Sununu said it’s not a matter of delivery, but a matter of not having enough people to administer the injections.

Sununu said there could be a wait of a week or so before an appointment is made, but he said this shows people are taking the risk of taking COVID-19 seriously.

“Not just in New Hampshire, but all over New England, as the number of cases and hospitalizations increase, the severity of this variant rolls in, people are realizing it’s time to get this booster shot,” Sununu said. “It’s time to get our kids vaccinated. It’s time to get our vaccine maybe for the first time.”

Responding to a WMUR Facebook post, one viewer said the wait for boosters is “ridiculous”.

“I waited two hours in a pharmacy to get my booster, and that was before they gave everyone boosters,” said viewer Janet Hirshberg.

Sununu said the increased demand for vaccines is a good thing.

“More people are getting vaccinated and they are taking the seriousness of these rising COVID numbers where it should be,” Sununu said.

Even before a disturbing new variant was identified, December was expected to be a rough month due to the holiday season and people gathering indoors due to the cold weather.

“We looked a little bit at what the numbers had been up to between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, and they had gone up and will unfortunately continue to rise this year,” Sununu said.

Sununu said he is working on bringing more clinics to schools, and the state’s mobile vaccination vans can also set up clinics.

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