COVID-19 Vaccine Update
May 14, 2021

A Childhood Vaccine &
New Mask Guidelines
for People Fully Vaccinated

Earlier this week, the CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older to help protect against COVID-19, following the approval of  Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for use by children 12 years old and older.

According to the CDC, children should be vaccinated as soon as possible for the following reasons:
  • Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in adolescents.
  • Your child can’t get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine, including the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The CDC suggests these steps to help prepare for your child’s vaccination visit:
  • Get tips for how to support your child before, during, and after the visit.
  • Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine 3 weeks after their first shot.
  • Talk to your child before the visit about what to expect.
  • Tell the doctor or nurse if your child has any allergies to any ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Comfort your child during the appointment.
  • To prevent fainting and injuries related to fainting, your child should be seated or lying down during vaccination and for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given.
  • After your child’s COVID-19 vaccination, you will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes so your child can be observed in case they have a severe allergic reaction and need immediate treatment.

MCH fully endorses the CDC's guideline and urges parents to vaccinate their children by: Registering Online, Checking out a list of pharmacies here in NH currently administering the vaccine or contacting the child's Primary Care Provider.

In Summary:
  • Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter

The CDC Also Released the Following Key Points:

Fully vaccinated people can:
  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendation

Please Note:
For the safety of our patients, visitors
and employees, everyone entering
Monadnock Community Hospital's
campus or off-site Practices
will continue to be required
to wear a face mask.
No exceptions.


VINI: The State's Vaccination Program

The new Vaccine and Immunization Network Interface, dubbed VINI, has launched and replaces the federally run Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) used in earlier phases. Below, are easy to follow instructions when using the site.

VINI information sheets (all PDFs):


Need Additional Support?
Those without access to the internet, can call 2-1-1. COVID-19 support staff are available 6am-10pm, 7 days a week. Other services available through this line include:
  • Support scheduling an appointment
  • Language Assistance
  • Special Accommodations
  • Help resolving error messages

Still have questions? Check out the state's vaccine FAQ page. Examples of questions include:


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