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More details about vaccine distribution emerge

  • Vaccine rollout Jan. 8 NH DHHS

Monitor staff
Published: 1/11/2021 4:49:03 PM

New data released by the N.H Department of Health and Human Services gives more insight into where state’s vaccines are going and how many have reached the arms of frontline workers.

For the last few weeks, the state has distributed more than 30,000 vaccines to hospitals across New Hampshire. Allocation of the doses, state officials said, is proportional to the hospital’s number of “high-risk health workers,” or staff who provide direct care to patients and risk being exposed to bodily fluids.

Granite State hospitals have been faster than nursing homes and other state sites at administering the vaccine — nearly 70% of vaccines given to hospitals have been used. According to the State, 98% of the high-risk frontline workers have been vaccinated, only leaving health workers who have indirect contact with patients.

Still, some hospitals are making their way through their allotted vaccines faster than others. Portsmouth Regional Hospital has administered all but 33 of their 1,300 vaccines. Concord Hospital and Catholic Medical Center are also through more than 90% of their vaccines. Several hospitals have been able to vaccinate more staff members than anticipated, thanks to overfilled vials of the Pfizer vaccine.

New London Hospital, on the other hand, has administered just 38% of their 310 vaccines.

Compared to its population, New Hampshire has administered the ninth-highest number of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S — a statistic that is promising, but prone to fluctuations. New Hampshire is still in the first stage of vaccine distribute, phase 1a, which will likely take several more weeks. This phase focuses on first responders, healthcare works, and staff and residents at long-term facilities.

The next group of people will likely be vaccinated between January and March. This group includes those 75 or older, those with severe medical vulnerabilities, staff in correctional facilities, and residents and staff at facilities that serve those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

It’s still not clear how Granite Staters in that group will receive their vaccines— there is not currently a waiting list or scheduling process for those in phase 1b. The N.H Department of Health and Human Services has promised to post updates on its website.

Here’s a breakdown of how vaccines have been distributed among hospitals, and how many of those vaccines have gone in the arms of healthcare workers:

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Teddy Rosenbluth bio photo

Teddy Rosenbluth is a Report for America corps member covering health care issues for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. She has covered science and health care for Los Angeles Magazine, the Santa Monica Daily Press and UCLA's Daily Bruin, where she was a health editor and later magazine director. Her investigative reporting has brought her everywhere from the streets of Los Angeles to the hospitals of New Delhi. Her work garnered first place for Best Enterprise News Story from the California Journalism Awards, and she was a national finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists Best Magazine Article. She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology.



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