NH Prepares To Expand Covid-19 Vaccine Eligibility To Non-Residents

CONCORD, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The clock is ticking for New Hampshire residents to book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment before their neighbors to the south do.

Starting next Monday, April 19, anyone over the age of 16 can sign up to get the Covid-19 vaccine in the granite state, including people who live in other states.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu said residents still have a week left to book their appointment before the state expands eligibility.

"We really encourage folks to [sign up]," he said. "It's such an easy process to do, and that's just allowing us to get the vaccine out that much faster, and open up opportunity for everyone else."

According to the state, nearly 600,000 residents have already received their first dose, and 60 percent of the population has either been vaccinated or has booked appointments to do so.

Sununu said that once the system opens up to anyone from any state, the process may take a little bit longer for residents to book their shots.

"We just have so much more availability -- we're going to have a lot of vaccine here so we want to get it out to anyone who might actually be here in the state," he said. "And so there's plenty of time between now and April 19th for additional New Hampshire residents to make sure that they get their appointment."

As a reminder for those booking an appointment -- people under the age of 18 can only get the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer, as the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots have not yet been approved for people 16 and up.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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