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ICYMI: Under Sununu, NH in Bottom Half of States for Vaccine Administration

In Case You Missed It, NHPR reported that under Governor Sununu, New Hampshire is in the bottom half of states for vaccine administration, having used just under 74 percent of its vaccine supply. New Hampshire is also falling behind neighboring states on other COVID vaccine metrics, including the amount of first shots given and shots given as a share of the population. The report also highlights Governor Sununu’s failed vaccine rollout that left many unable to register for their second appointment and his refusal to vaccinate teachers in Phase 1.

Key points:

  • “The state has fallen closer to the national median in vaccine administration, and now trails many neighboring states. As of Feb. 24, New Hampshire has used just under 74 percent of its vaccine supply. That puts it, narrowly, in the bottom half of states, where the median is a little over 76 percent.”

  • “Within New England, New Hampshire has secured first shots for a smaller share of its residents compared to all of its neighbors — except Rhode Island.”

  • “New Hampshire has given about twice as many vaccines, in total, as Vermont — but our population is about twice as large, which puts us farther behind when measuring our progress toward vaccinating the state as a whole. Compared to Maine, which is closer in population size, New Hampshire trails in shots given as a share of population by less than one percentage point.”

  • “The last month has been a rocky one for New Hampshire’s vaccine rollout. Tens of thousands of residents struggled to secure appointments for their second doses due to a faulty government website.”

  • “New Hampshire is not among the roughly 30 states where teachers are eligible for the vaccine right now, nor is it among the roughly 20 making doses available to grocery workers.”

You can read the full report from NHPR here.

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