The system, queue, line-up or whatever other term(s) apply to being registered and with an appointment date to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes, we are in the system, although, surprisingly, several friends texted me over the weekend that they did not register nor do they plan to do so.
Considering that it's no cost, and the possible alternative, we didn't hesitate to register as we're in the specified age group (and then some).
Here in NH, an estimated 150,000 state residents registered last Friday, Jan 22, in the first 10 hours of Phase 1B. This category is for those over 65 years old, folks with certain health issues, and remaining health workers and first responders. Phase 1A covered at-risk health workers, residents of long-term care facilities and many first responders. (Admittedly, I don't know why all health care workers and/or first responders would not have come under Phase 1A earlier.)
State health officials hope to have all those in Phase 1B vaccinated by the end of March 2021. According to top NH medical officials, the projections are dependent on how many people register and what the vaccine allocations are from the federal government.
Not exactly, as there were a couple of surprises and registration did not mean appointment date.
While the state explained some of what would happen in signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine , it didn’t clearly explain what to expect after registering first at the NH State website.
That's because VAMS, a division of the CDC (Vaccine Administration Management System) is being used to schedule a vaccine appointment after online registration. After completing the NH State registration, there was a message that further instructions would follow in 3-5 days on how to schedule an appointment for the first of the two-dose vaccination.
The VAMS email came less than 12 hours after state registration was done. And, the email arrived before an email from NH explained the process.
It was a bit confusing as the logical sequence of events did not occur in the logical order.
We were not alone in that state of confusion. Many, like Grenville, thought the VAMS email was a scam. The CDC VAMS process also repeated some of the questions asked at the NH State registration website.
* Do not use Internet Explorer as the web browser to set up the appointment through VAMS; use Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari only. Not sure of the reason for this caution, which must have really upset folks who don't have any of those listed - is that even possible?
* The VAMS email will contain a link to schedule your appointment. Upon clicking that link, you will be asked: “Have you already registered as a vaccine recipient with VAMS?” Please be sure to answer no (even though you did complete the registration process at the state website).
* If you registered a qualifying household member along with yourself (i.e., spouse) to receive the vaccine at the same time, additional information will not be asked for or required when you schedule your appointment. Just arrive with your qualifying family member.
When Grenville entered our zip code, three locations (hospital, clinic and state of NH site) displayed, thankfully, the email instructions stated that when picking a location, to only select a “state of NH” site unless specifically instructed to select a different site.
Next, came a calendar to choose a vaccine appointment day/time starting on Jan. 26. At the time, Grenville was on the site, the rest of January into early February were taken. We're scheduled for Feb 13 at 2:10 p.m.After the appointment process ended, Grenville received a VAMS confirmation that included a QR (quick response) code and instructions to bring it and a valid photo ID (or other form of legal identification) to the appointment.
I printed the email to have it handy for when we go for the first vaccine dose where instructions will be given to set up the second appointment.
How about you?
Have you been able to register in your state and get an appointment date yet.
If so, do you plan to sign up?