New Hampshire Will Call These Individuals to Reschedule COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments at Walgreens
Individuals who had issues with scheduling a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine or are far out in line as part of Phase 1B of New Hampshire's rollout plan can expect to be contacted by the state to possibly reschedule their appointments at nearby Walgreens locations, Gov. Chris Sununu said at a press conference on Tuesday.
In wake of what Sununu called a scheduling "snafu" related to vaccination appointments last week, the governor said no further issues are expected moving forward and that state officials will be contacting certain folks individually by phone to reschedule appointments.
As part of Walgreens' partnership with the federal government, Sununu said the state will be providing Walgreens with its list of eligible vaccine recipients for Phase 1B. For now, Sununu said, the plan is to reach out to folks at the bottom of the list and offer them sooner appointments at local Walgreens locations.
"Often those folks that were the furthest out are the ones that were at a disadvantage," Sununu said. "Maybe they didn't know how to use the website as well. They might have been away and didn't have a chance to call 211. Either way, we're going to go after those folks at the back of the line to make sure they have as strong a shot as anybody."
Sununu said that those who are due a second shot of COVID-19 vaccine that had scheduling issues should expect a phone call from the state by Thursday. Those who do not receive a call by that time should call 211 if they feel compelled to do so, Sununu said.
The governor stressed that eligible individuals no longer need to log onto the VAMS website to schedule an appointment for a second shot.
"We'll call them and make sure they know (the appointment) is either on their (vaccination card) or we'll make an appointment for them," Sununu said.
It is unclear which Walgreens locations in New Hampshire will be participating in the program, but Sununu said those participating are spread evenly across the state. There are Walgreens locations in Hampton, Exeter, Epping, Raymond, Dover, Rochester, and elsewhere on the Seacoast.
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