Of the 13 clinic sites opening across New Hampshire on Tuesday to vaccinate first-responders against COVID-19, two locations will exist on the Seacoast.

Clinic locations were expected to open Tuesday in both Exeter and Rochester, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

“Throughout this pandemic, New Hampshire’s first responders and ambulatory care providers have ensured the safety and wellbeing of our communities without hesitation,” Governor Chris Sununu said in a press release. “From the day the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Granite State, we hit the ground running to get the doses out the door and into the arms of our highest risk health care providers and long-term care residents. The State of New Hampshire will continue to make this vaccine available as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

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First-responders and high-risk ambulatory staff are now being vaccinated as part of New Hampshire's Phase 1A vaccination plan, per the release.

“We are making great strides in deploying the COVID-19 vaccine to people working on the front lines and at highest risk of exposure. We have heard from many first responders and high-risk healthcare workers who work directly with patients and are scheduling their vaccine appointments starting tomorrow,” said DHHS Commissioner Lori Shibinette said. “This represents another important milestone in ending the pandemic in New Hampshire. On behalf of everyone at DHHS, I wish to thank the National Guard and the Regional Public Health Networks for supporting the operation of the community vaccination sites.”

According to the release, first-responders eligible to be vaccinated under Phase 1A will be alerted to schedule a vaccination appointment through professional associations, licensing boards, provider groups and first responder organizations.

Based on population density, seven vaccination sites will operate five days a week, with six vaccination sites operating 2-3 days of the week. In total, Phase 1A includes approximately 110,000 individuals and is expected to be completed by mid-January.

DHHS did not release any information regarding the specific locations of these sites.

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