Over 100 New Hampshire Vaccine Van Claims | New Hampshire News
By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press
CONCORD, NH (AP) – More than 100 organizations have requested the visit of the New Hampshire COVID-19 vaccine van as infections continue to rise, state officials said Thursday.
The van, a partnership between the state and ConvenientMD, began operating on July 14. Since then, she has visited five sites and delivered vaccines to around 50 people, said Beth Daly, head of the state office for infectious disease control.
Businesses, churches, community event planners, and even neighborhoods that have block parties can request the van. Events are scheduled until September, Daly said.
About 750,000 people are fully vaccinated in New Hampshire. But with the number of shootings statewide slowing to around 1,000 per week, Gov. Chris Sununu said there were no immediate plans to launch new initiatives.
“Right now, it’s the individual responsibility of people. If someone hasn’t been vaccinated at this point, they’ve made a conscious decision not to, ”he said. “People are making this choice, and it is their right to do so. We want them to have the information and make the best decision, but right now that’s our strategy for the future and I think it will be the most effective.
In other coronavirus developments:
The state will not be issuing new school safety guidelines this fall, state epidemiologist Dr Ben Chan said.
Instead, public health officials tell schools to emphasize the importance of vaccinations and to assess conditions within their individual communities.
“COVID-19 is not going away, the numbers are going up, we have the new delta variant. There is still a need for schools and childcare agencies to implement prevention strategies, ”he said. “The advice and experience that schools can draw on is there. “
Sununu skipped the typical inaugural festivities due to the pandemic after being re-elected in November, but said on Thursday he was planning a different kind of celebration instead.
He plans to raise funds from corporate donors for a “Super 603 Thank You Tour” to show his gratitude for the strength and sacrifice seen statewide during the pandemic. The tour kicks off on August 29 with an event at the Conway Scenic Railroad, followed by a baseball game in Manchester on September 18 and a Harvest Festival in a Walpole orchard on October 3.
More than 100,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in New Hampshire, including 48 cases announced Thursday. One new death was announced, bringing the total to 1,385.
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in New Hampshire has increased over the past two weeks, from 21 new cases per day on July 6 to 33 new cases per day on July 20.
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