New Hampshire residents eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine under the parameters of Phase 1B will be able to schedule vaccination appointments beginning Friday, the state announced.

Those eligible under Phase 1B of the state's vaccination effort include people who fall under the following categories:

  • New Hampshire residents 65 and over
  • New Hampshire residents who are medically vulnerable at significant risk – including family caregivers for those under 16
  • New Hampshire residents with developmental disabilities that receive services in a congregate residential setting, as well as staff in those settings
    Corrections officers and staff
  • Populations that experience health disparities
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    State officials said alteration of Phase 1B to include individuals 65 and older follows recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that populations proven to be most vulnerable, which the state said compromise 95% of deaths in the state, are prioritized in distribution efforts.

    The state announced that appointments can be scheduled starting Friday and Phase 1B vaccinations will begin on January 26. New Hampshire estimates that 300,000 individuals will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine within Phase 1B of the distribution plan.

    However, the state also said in a press release Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccines delivered to New Hampshire have fallen short of the amount promised by the federal government.

    “Overpromising and under delivering has become a habit with pretty much everyone in Washington D.C., which is why in New Hampshire we designed our vaccination system to be flexible and able to deliver for our citizens regardless of what they send us,” New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement.

    Appointment scheduling will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and can be done by accessing this link.

    For those unable to schedule an appointment online, the 211 Hotline is available to New Hampshire residents. However, the state said an extremely high call volume is anticipated. Wait times may be long, the state said, but every call will be answered by a live person.

    In the press release, New Hampshire officials said limited supply of vaccines from the federal government could result in appointments being booked weeks in advance. Everyone in Phase 1B who wants an appointment will get an appointment, the state said. If allocation should increase, appointments could be rescheduled to earlier dates and times.

    Here is a more comprehensive vaccine timeline for the Seacoast.

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