Press Releases & News

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, Dr. Chan reported the highest COVID levels in NH since the start of the pandemic. In response, House Democratic Leader Rep. Renny Cushing (D-Hampton) released the following statement:


“It is disheartening to hear New Hampshire’s State Epidemiologist acknowledge that the Granite State is currently experiencing the highest levels of COVID since the inception of the pandemic. Plain and simple, Gov. Sununu is failing our vaccination effort in New Hampshire. New Hampshire has the lowest vaccination rate in New England and currently has the second highest per capita COVID cases in the United States, behind Michigan. We are in crisis. While additional hospital beds are critical right now, what the Governor also needs is a plan to combat the misinformation being peddled by his own party, culminating in the angry mob that gathered in the Legislative Office Building just last Friday. This afternoon, the Governor himself admitted that his administration’s own vaccine registry had not been ‘allowed’ to be set up due to the month’s long denial of COVID funding by radical Republicans on the Executive Council and Fiscal Committees. Gov. Sununu is clearly not doing enough to protect Granite Staters, and our entire healthcare system is paying the price.”

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the Joint Fiscal Committee voted to accept $22.5 million in federal funds for vaccine distribution that had been previously tabled. Fiscal Committee member Rep. Peter Leishman (D-Peterborough) released the following statement:

“The additional resources that these funds provide New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services are critical to ongoing efforts to inform the public about the Covid vaccine. This funding will add another tool to our toolbox, increasing connectivity between the department and the public. Covid is not going away, as case counts are growing to record numbers in the Granite State. Increasing vaccination rates will help stabilize and reduce infections, and acceptance of federal funds today will bolster that effort.”

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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the Joint Fiscal Committee voted to accept $22.5 million in federal funds for vaccine distribution that had been previously tabled. Rep. Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) released the following statement:

“New Hampshire’s COVID case count is climbing at an unsustainable pace in our schools and communities, higher now than at any point in the pandemic. The consistent, deliberate rejection of federal funds – tax dollars Granite Staters have already paid – by Republicans has significantly harmed efforts to vaccinate our state. Hospitals across New Hampshire have recently issued warnings of unprecedented numbers of patients seeking emergency care for COVID infection. I am thrilled that funding was finally accepted today, because our delay in vaccine distribution has left us vulnerable to our current caseload crisis.”

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