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Youth Vaccine Registration Opens Thursday On State Website

A sign says "Vaccine Entrance" outside a vaccination site.
Dan Barrick / NHPR
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Starting Thursday, New Hampshire parents and guardians can register their 12- to 15-year-old children for the COVID-19 vaccine on the state's website.

The move follows an FDA authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for that age group earlier this week, and a recommendation from the CDC.

Anyone under 18 needs to have consent from a parent or guardian to be vaccinated. That can be verbal consent at the time of vaccination, or it can be given electronically through a signed consent form during registration.

The state says there are plenty of appointments available, and some vaccination clinics have same day appointments.

Despite a fear of needles, 14-year-old Noa Mash of Newmarket says they are looking forward to being vaccinated.

Mash is excited for sleep-overs with friends, eating indoors at restaurants, and an end to remote learning.

"Once I get to school, back in person, in the fall when I’m all fully vaccinated, my grades are going to get a lot better, because it’s been affecting me a lot this year,” they said.

Mash’s mom is high risk for COVID-19, and the two say the vaccine has brought the family a lot of relief.

New Hampshire’s vaccine registration site is vaccines.nh.gov.