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RELEASE: Sununu’s DHHS Commissioner Says N.H. Shouldn’t Have Used Trump Administration’s Program

Concord, N.H. -- Governor Sununu’s Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette said on WMUR’s CloseUp this weekend that vaccinations in long-term care facilities would have gone faster if New Hampshire had opted out of the Trump administration’s pharmacy program. New Hampshire’s vaccine rollout for long-term care facilities lagged behind neighboring states for months in part because Sununu signed the state up for the Trump administration’s failed long-term care facility vaccine program that relied on national pharmacy groups to distribute the vaccine. Meanwhile, states like West Virginia opted out of the Trump administration’s program and became the first state in the country to finish its first round of vaccinations at all of its long-term care facilities in December. Sununu also ignored warnings from immunization and public health leaders and became one of only nine governors to sign up for the Trump administration’s failed vaccine registration program, which last month created turmoil and confusion for Granite Staters who attempted to register for the vaccine. “Commissioner Shibinette is right that we could have vaccinated our long-term care facilities much faster if Governor Sununu had not signed New Hampshire up for the Trump administration’s failed vaccine program,” said Senator Cindy Rosenwald. “If it were up to Governor Sununu, we would still be dealing with the faulty programs set up by the Trump administration. Thankfully, President Biden’s administration hit the ground running and is sending more vaccines to New Hampshire which will help us catch up to our neighboring states and get the vaccine to even more Granite Staters.”

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