Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Vaccines are Here!
Vaccines remain key to controlling the virus that causes COVID-19. Getting vaccinated will prevent illness, hospitalization, and even death from this severe disease.
In NH, everyone 12 years of age and older is eligible for a vaccine. Register for a COVID-19 vaccine here.
Know the facts:
- All three COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal.
- It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.
- You are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.
- COVID-19 vaccines are widely accessible - everyone 16 years of age and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.
At this time, even with vaccination, it is important to continue practicing public health guidelines such as wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose in public, staying at least six feet away from others, avoiding large crowds, and washing your hands often.
Nashua Requires Use of Face Coverings
An Ordinance is currently in effect in the City of Nashua, requiring the general public to wear face coverings in situations where they cannot maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others. Approved by the City’s Board of Health, and passed on May 21, 2020 by the Board of Aldermen, this order is expected to reduce COVID-19 within our community. It is effective until further notice. Read here for more information.
NH Governor Sununu Updates: Universal Best Practices
The State of New Hampshire (NH) continues taking steps to reopen the economy in an approach that is supported by facts, science, and data.
Effective May 7, 2021,will replace “Safer at Home 2.0” business guidance.
These Universal Best Practices are recommendations for all individuals, businesses, and organizations to consider and implement for the operation of their business. Nothing in the document or other guidance precludes any business, organization, or individual business operators from taking additional precautions for the health and safety of its employees and consumers.
- Universal Best Practices Document (PDF)
- Universal Best Practices for Overnight Congregate Settings for Children (PDF)
We Need to Continue to Make Good Choices
With Governor Sununu’s universal best practices to allow NH to reopen safely, it is important for our community to be vigilant and continue to take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 until enough people in the Greater Nashua Region and State of NH are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks past their last dose).
There are multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 circulating globally and within the United States (US). In the US, there are currently five variants of concern. These variants spread more easily and quickly, which may lead to more cases of COVID-19. An increase in cases puts more strain on health care resources, lead to more hospitalizations, and potentially more deaths. So far, studies suggest that antibodies generated through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize these variants. This is being closely investigated and more studies are underway.
While public health officials continue to study these variants, we need our community to understand that compliance with public health mitigation strategies are essential to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and protect public health.keep a distance of six feet between yourself and others, wear a face covering over your mouth and nose, and wash your hands often. Let's continue to work together, Nashua!