On Monday, the first shipment of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived in NH. The shipment was unloaded, processed, and prepared for immediate distribution to at-risk health workers, including frontline clinical staff providing direct patient care.
“New Hampshire is ready to hit the ground running to do our part in delivering this game-changing vaccine,” Governor Chris Sununu said. “It is an all-hands-on-deck effort for one of the most important undertakings in the history of our state. The state stands ready to get to work and distribute this life-saving vaccine to the citizens of our state.”
On Tuesday, Heidi Kukla, RN, a nurse at Elliot Hospital's intensive care unit, was the first individual to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the State of New Hampshire.
"This is the beginning of that light at the end of the tunnel that we have talked about for so long," said Sununu. "Distributing this vaccine is one of the most important undertakings in the history of our state. New Hampshire is prepared and we are moving."
"As an ICU nurse, I volunteered to be first to get this vaccine because I know a lot of people have reservations about getting the vaccine," said Heidi Kukla, RN. "Getting this vaccine for me is the first step in having all of this be done - and I really hope that our getting this first inspires other people to not be afraid and to step up and get the vaccine."
New Hampshire received 12,675 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first shipment delivered to the state. Shipments will continue to arrive on a weekly basis. The vaccine will first be administered to at-risk health care workers.