People who have thought about getting vaccinated but haven't made the time can get their shots after shopping and dining in downtown Portsmouth.

A vaccination van will be in Market Square every Wednesday until Sept. 15, according to Public Information Officer Stephanie Seacord.

"If you want to do just one shot, they have the Johnson & Johnson," Seacord said.

They will also have Moderna and Pfizer vaccines available.

"They have all three vaccines, so if you are between the ages of 12 and 18 you can get the Pfizer shots," Seacord said of preteens and teens accompanied by a parent.

Seacord said they realize people may see the van and decide it is their time to get vaccinated, which is the point.

According to a press release, the van will be parked in Market Square between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to provide free vaccinations to anyone who asks for one. Translation services will also be available.

The NH Department of Health and Human Services launched the Mobile Vaccination Van on July 15, in partnership with ConvenientMD, as a new initiative to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines in New Hampshire.

The van is available upon request for groups of all sizes and they will provide free vaccination clinics in communities throughout the state.

At the time of the van program's launch, Tricia Tilley, director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services said, “We are excited to partner with ConvenientMD to truly make vaccinations as convenient as possible. The mobile vaccine van can go anywhere people live and work, meeting people where they are. No matter where you live, what language you speak, or what hours you work, the Mobile Vaccine Van makes it easy to get a vaccine that protects you, your family, and your community.”

Groups, organizations, employers and others can request the van through by clicking on the van icon in the upper right corner.

The Portsmouth Health Department is investigating other opportunities for scheduling visits by the van, according to the press release.

Seacord said for answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine, people can click here.

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