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N.H. Sticking With Original Teacher Vaccination Plan, Despite White House Push

COVID vaccination site in Dover
Dan Tuohy / NHPR
COVID-19 vaccination site in Dover, N.H.

New Hampshire health officials say they're evaluating President Biden's directive to vaccinate teachers and school staff before the end of the month but are sticking for now with their original plan to roll out those vaccinations by April.

In a call with school nurses on Wednesday, New Hampshire's top health officials said they plan to let school staff begin signing up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointments at the end of March. Phase 2a of the state's vaccination plans will make shots available to a broad range of staff working with kids, including K-12 teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, childcare workers, and staff of summer camp programs.

Since President Biden’s announcement Tuesday about plans to make the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more available through local pharmacies, neighboring states have accelerated their teacher vaccination timelines.

Massachusettes Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday that teachers there can start signing up for vaccination appointments next week. On Tuesday, Vermont teachers learned they'll start getting the vaccine next week.

And Maine will open coronavirus vaccine eligibility to K-12 school staff and child care providers under a directive from Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday.

Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.
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