NH Vaccine Phases

We are thrilled to announce that some of our most at-risk direct support workers are now able to pre-register and get an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination. 2021 is nearly here and, yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

This first round of vaccines (part of Phase 1a) will go to the staff who are working with the most high risk individuals or situations. Per New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security Emergency Management, At-Risk Health Workers are front line clinical staff who provide direct patient care and support staff with risk of exposure to bodily fluids or aerosols.

Which of our direct support staff/providers meet this Phase 1a At-Risk registration criteria?
* Staff who work in multiple homes.
* Staff who work in a staffed residence with multiple individuals.
* Staff who work in a staffed residence with an individual with high risk comorbidity factors.
* Home providers who have multiple individuals living with them.
* Direct support staff/home providers who themselves have high risk factors such as age or medical factors.

Which agency workers are NOT "most" high risk and not eligible in Phase 1a?
* Staff who work with one individual who lives alone or with a home provider or family.
* Home providers who have only one individual living with them.
* Office staff.
Basically, this early vaccination effort is for front line workers who have the most potential to spread COVID-19 widely if they were to contract the disease.

How do I know if I meet the criteria, and what do I need to do to get the vaccine?
Agency/provider supervisors will notify you soon if you meet the established Phase 1a criteria. Those staff determined to be eligible will be contacted directly as to how to fill out a pre-registration form to provide their information for NH COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration and updates via the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Once your information is submitted, you will receive further information and instructions via email (or phone if you don’t have email) on how to register and schedule your vaccination appointment.

The vaccine itself will be distributed at a fixed vaccination clinic site, likely at Krif Road in Keene. At this point, we don’t know exactly when, where, or which vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) you’ll get. Preregistration is the first critical step in getting those most at risk vaccinated. We will let you know as soon as we know the details of when and where – and you will likely hear directly from VAMS as well.

Please remember that we all need to continue with safety precautions -- wearing masks/face coverings, washing hands frequently, and maintaining social distance. We're not yet out of the woods, but we're getting closer.

Every single one of you has played such an important part in keeping everyone safe over these past 10 months. As we have said before, and will say many more times, you have gone above and beyond during this crisis, with compassion and diligence. We are so grateful to you for this continued effort.

Having the vaccines on our doorstep is the best thing we can celebrate! Wishing you a safe and healthy New Year!

Mary-Anne Wisell, Director of Operations

Vaccine Information Resources:
Fact Sheet on Pfizer Vaccine (CDC)
FAQ on Moderna Vaccine (CDC)
CDC Vaccine FAQ
NH COVID-19 Vaccination Planning

NH Vaccine Phases