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COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing in NH

Vaccination & Booster Doses

Memorial Hospital has transitioned its COVID-19 operations from the former Mt. Washington Observatory Museum on White Mountain Highway to its primary care offices on the main hospital campus.

Appointments are required and are open to the community. This includes residents of any state, age 6 months and older, regardless of their status as a MWVRH patient.

Call 603-356-5472 to request an appointment or visit vaccine.mainehealth.org to schedule online.

Primary Vaccination Series: Adults over age 18 are eligible for the Pfizer Age 12+ Vaccine, the Moderna 18+ Vaccine, and the J&J (Janssen) 18+ Vaccine. Vaccine type eligibility varies by age for kids and teens. Options include:

Vaccination of anyone under the age of 18 requires parental consent. Learn more about pediatric vaccination.

Booster Doses: Memorial Hospital offers first and second booster shots to eligible patients based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you are unsure whether you should receive a booster, please contact your primary care provider to discuss your situation and determine if a booster dose is right for you. Make sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccination card to your booster appointment.

MWVRH Primary Care patients may schedule a "vaccine-only" appointment by calling 603-356-5472. MWVRH pediatricians and family practice providers may also offer a vaccine to eligible patients during a scheduled appointment.

Testing

The Memorial Hospital public COVID-19 testing Center is closed. Some tests are still performed as part of a medical visit in primary care, in the emergency department, or in preparation for a medical procedure. Testing for most non-clinical purposes, such as for travel or return to work, is no longer be performed. Individuals requiring tests for travel or to return to work should follow instructions given by their travel company or employer.

Patients of Mt. Washington Valley Rural Health Primary Care who believe they have COVID-19 symptoms can schedule a same-day appointment for a health examination. If necessary, a COVID-19 test will be administered. These patients can call 603-356-5472 to schedule an appointment.

A primary care provider is always your best resource to determine if a test to detect COVID-19 is necessary.

Vaccination FAQs

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines. MRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.

  • mRNA vaccines do not use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
  • They cannot give you COVID-19 and will not affect your DNA in any way.
  • mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept.

Like all vaccines, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have been rigorously tested for safety before being authorized for use in the United States. mRNA technology is new, but not unknown and has been studied for more than a decade. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

The FDA has also authorized use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID‑19 Vaccine to prevent COVID‑19 in individuals 18 years of age and older under an Emergency Use Authorization. Learn more about the Janssen vaccine.

 

Yes. As long as you are fully recovered and have completed your isolation period. It is uncertain how long you will have natural immunity from COVID-19 after a confirmed infection. Getting the vaccine is the best way to be sure you are as protected.

 

The CDC advises that side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.

 

If you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk. View CDC recommendations.