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Sununu won’t mandate vaccine in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said in an interview with CNN that he's not forcing anyone to...
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said in an interview with CNN that he's not forcing anyone to get the COVID vaccine.(CNN)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 3:07 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 2:51 PM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says no residents will be required to get a COVID vaccine.

Sununu on Monday told CNN says he’s not forcing anyone to get the coronavirus vaccine and also talked about the importance of keeping safe during the pandemic. He says he tries to stay optimistic, and sometimes he has to make emergency orders that he doesn’t even like. But he says while the measures are hard, they’re also temporary and necessary.

Sununu says the state is currently vaccinating the high-risk population, but people can opt-out. “I can’t convince people of the science. If you’re not buying into the science of what’s happening, there’s not a lot of hope there, frankly. But I do try to implore to the people that they have to understand that the restrictions aren’t about you, it’s about your neighbors and your community. We wear masks for others, we maintain social distance for others,” said Sununu, R-New Hampshire.

During the interview, Sununu also said Americans have to put the election behind us.

INCREASING HOSPITALIZATIONS

New Hampshire’s largest hospital says they are concerned about packed hospitals across the country.

A representative with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center says as of Monday, they have 24 people at the hospital sick with COVID19.

“We remain incredibly concerned with increased hospitalizations. The growing cases have been anticipated and we continue to diligently monitor our capacity,” said a representative with the hospital.

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