More COVID-19 vaccine headed to Memorial to target residents without computer access
February 02, 2021
NORTH CONWAY, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has notified Memorial Hospital that additional COVID-19 vaccine doses will be sent to the hospital each week. Appointments will be scheduled using the 211 state vaccine call center.
This week Memorial will also begin to receive those doses previously allocated to the State’s vaccine site in Tamworth, following the announcement that the National Guard site is closing. All appointments scheduled at the Tamworth site after February 3 have been rescheduled to Memorial’s vaccine clinic and will be completed within the month of February. Memorial plans to add two days to its weekly vaccine appointment schedule to accommodate this change.
“This is great news for Carroll County,” says Memorial President Art Mathisen. “We’ve been working with the state to make certain all eligible residents in Phase 1B are vaccinated quickly.” Phase 1B includes New Hampshire residents 65 years of age and older along with younger adults with two or more risk factors.
Mathisen notes that the first priority for these additional weekly doses are residents in Phase 1B who have had difficulty scheduling an appointment online for their first vaccine dose. He says computer access and issues related to call volume at the state call center have prevented many from requesting an appointment.
“We’ve been concerned by reports that a number of Phase 1B-eligible residents do not have access to resources, especially the internet and email, to make a timely vaccine appointment. We want to make sure those people especially, call for an appointment.”
Appointments for these additional slots only can only be made by calling 211, the state vaccine call center. The call center operator will verify the caller’s eligibility for a vaccine in Phase 1B and create an appointment at the Memorial Hospital vaccine clinic. These new doses and appointments are for first appointments only and are not intended for residents rescheduling an existing appointment.
The Memorial Hospital COVID-19 vaccine clinic is located in the former Mt. Washington Observatory Discovery Center in North Conway. All vaccine is administered by appointment only.
About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, imaging services, cardiopulmonary care, family birthing center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Practices include primary care and family medicine, diabetes care, behavioral health, women's health, podiatry, orthopedics and physical therapy. Memorial Hospital is also home to The Merriman House nursing home, which provides senior care services in a comfortable, home-like setting. For more information, www.memorialhospitalnh.org or call 603-356-5461.