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COVID-19 Vaccine

In December, Exeter Health Resources received its first supplies of COVID-19 vaccine from the state and we continue to vaccinate the healthcare workers within our organization, as recommended by the State of New Hampshire’s COVID-19 vaccine plan.

Core Physicians learned of the following changes to vaccine eligibility requirements:

Phase 1B of State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Begins January 26, 2021

New Hampshire residents who are in the categories below will be able to register and schedule appointments with the State public vaccination clinics beginning Friday, January 22. Vaccinations at the state clinics will begin Tuesday, January 26. This includes:

  • People who are 65 and older
  • Medically vulnerable individuals at significantly higher risk AND family caregivers for medically vulnerable individuals under 16
  • Staff and residents at facilities caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Corrections officers and staff working in correctional facilities  

FROM the NH Department of Health and Human Services - for people who have registered for their COVID-19 vaccination appointment:

  • In the coming days, you will receive two emails.
  • One will contain a link to schedule your vaccination appointment using the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
  • The second is an email from the State (nh.gov address) that will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for and simplify the process when it comes time for you to schedule your appointment.
  • These are not spam emails; you may want to check your spam and junk emails to be sure you receive them.  
  • If you have questions at any time during this process, call 2-1-1, which is open 7-days a week from 6am to 10pm.

Core Physicians and its affiliates’, Exeter Hospital and Rockingham VNA & Hospice, are working to support the State’s vaccination sites by providing them with vaccinators. The State is largely managing the vaccine supply through their own vaccination clinics. At this time the State is supporting very few NH hospital organizations to operate as independent sites, providing vaccines to the community.  For the foreseeable future, until vaccine supply in NH significantly increases, the vast majority of vaccinations will only be available through the State run sites.

How do I get the Vaccine if I Qualify?

We strongly encourage our patients and community members to schedule as soon as you are eligible through the state website at www.vaccines.nh.gov or by accessing the e-mail invitation sent to you by the State if you required attestation. You may call 2-1-1 if you require assistance.

How do I sign up?

  • THOSE AGE 65 AND OLDER: Beginning January 22, 2021, you can schedule your appointment online at http://www.vaccines.nh.gov or by calling 2-1-1.  You do not need any referral or registration with your healthcare provider.  Please do NOT call your Core primary care provider’s office. Doing so puts an added burden on the frontline staff in our practices who are caring for the day-to-day needs of other patients.
  • MEDICALLY VULNERABLE AT SIGNIFICANT RISK: NOTE: You fall in the category that requires verification. We have identified the patients of Core primary care who are eligible for a vaccine in this category and provided documentation to the State.  You will receive notification via email, text, or phone from Core Physicians that this information was sent. Please allow 5 business days for the State to reach out to you via e-mail with an invitation to schedule your vaccine appointment at one of the State vaccination sites. We used your email address on file with us.  If you do not have an email on file with us, we used your phone number and the state will contact you. 
  • FAMILY MEMBERS WHO CARE FOR THE MEDICALLY VULNERABLE UNDER AGE 16: NOTE: You fall in the category that requires verification. Please be patient.  We know you are anxious to receive the vaccine, and we do not have a means of easily identifying this population based upon their medical record. If you care for a family member under the age of 16 who has more than one chronic medical condition listed here, please call to speak with our staff.
  • Correctional facilities and facilities providing care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will be contacted directly by the state’s Public Health Network to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Core Physicians has proactively reached out to eligible Phase 1B Core patients to make them aware of their eligibility. This occurred via e-mail, text or phone message. We have also provided attestations to the State for those who required it, based on our records or conversations with you. If we had an e-mail address on file, we supplied that.  If we did not, we provided a phone number. We will continue with this approach and proactive communication with our patients as we enter additional phases of the State’s vaccine program.


What if I do not live in NH but have a Core Physicians’ PCP?

At this time, the NH State’s vaccination plan does not include non-New Hampshire residents, regardless of PCP location, unless that person is an employee of a business or organization in New Hampshire that is prioritized for vaccination (i.e. healthcare worker, first responder, correctional facility staff, or working in a residential facility for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities). Non-New Hampshire residents should seek vaccination through their own state processes. You should be vaccinated in the state of your primary residence. If you have a driver’s license you should be vaccinated in the state that issued your driver’s license.

The vaccination effort in NH continues to be very fluid and subject to changes.  We know this is a stressful time for many. We will continue to keep our patients informed as circumstances evolve.

Massachusetts COVID19 Vaccine
Massachusetts is currently in Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout plan. Residents 75 and older, and anyone eligible in Phase 1, can get vaccinated against COVID-19. As of February 18, 2021, residents 65 and older, and those ages 16-64 with two or more of certain medical conditions are eligible to receive the vaccine in Massachusetts. You don’t need a doctor’s note or medical records to confirm your eligibility. Learn more.

Maine COVID19 Vaccine
 



Links
Safety & effectiveness of the vaccines and medical reasons why a person might not be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
Answers to frequently asked questions about NH's COVID-19 vaccination process
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Frequently Asked Questions
COVID19 Vaccine Fact Sheets: Pfizer pages 1-6 Moderna pages 7-11

Please check back to this web page for further updates or call the Exeter Hospital COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 603-580-6420.


Visitor Policy - Important changes to keep you safe

The health and safety of our patients and staff remain our highest priority so we have the following policies in place:

  • We are screening everyone (including employees) who enters our facilities. We will ask you a series of questions regarding your health.
  • We are requiring everyone to wear a mask, including patients, clinicians and staff. This is on the hospital campus and at our offices. Masks will be provided and must be worn at all times.
  • We have redesigned our processes to keep you socially distant during your visit. You will see we have clearly marked our elevators, common areas and waiting rooms to ensure proper spacing. (We may ask you to check-in online for your appointment and wait in your car at some offices until we text you to come in). 
  • We are taking extraordinary measures to continually clean and disinfect our facilities, especially high touch areas and rest rooms.
  • If you are having a surgical procedure, a colonoscopy or other complex procedure, your physician will determine if you need to be tested in advance for COVID-19. This is to ensure there is no associated risk or impact to your recovery.
  • We are not allowing visitors to accompany patients, except for end of life patients, the Family Center, pediatric patients (1 visitor), patients with disabilities and those who are unable to make their own healthcare decisions.

COVID-19 Testing

Exeter Hospital together with its affiliate Core Physicians is offering COVID-19 testing to the public. Due to current high demand for COVID-19 testing, it may take up to 2 to 3 business days to receive a response to your COVID-19 test request. Thank you for your patience.

If you have a Core Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician
Please call your provider’s office. They will assist you in triaging and scheduling testing based on your needs.

If you do not have a Core Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician or you are a symptomatic school student or personnel
Please call 603-580-6419. Our hours of operations are M-F, 8:00am-2:00pm for scheduling and 8:00am-12:00pm for testing by appointment only at the Exeter Hospital parking garage. (Oversized vehicles will need to park in designated parking to the right of the parking garage entrance).

Please print and complete a COVID test registration form and bring to your appointment. We are currently offering the Abbott BINAXNow rapid test for patients meeting the following criteria: Symptomatic, per CDC guidelines, with symptom onset within past 7 days. You will be triaged through our algorithm to determine if the test that is right for you and your current situation. The rapid test, while quick turn around, does not provide reliable results for asymptomatic or patients with symptoms outside of the 7 day window. 

“The preparation of this program was financed until 12/31/20 under a Contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided  in part by the State of New Hampshire and/or such other funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.”

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CDC - Preventing Spread of Illness in Homes>  Click Link  
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Other COVID-19 Recommended Resources

As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Links
CDC - COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC - Considerations for Wearing Masks
CDC -
Handwashing guide
CDC - Share Facts About COVID-19
CDC - View Videos on the Coronavirus Disease 2019
NH Division of Public Health Services - Frequently Asked Questions

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For the most up to date information on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Please visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.