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NH Executive Council reverses course, approves $22M in vaccine funds

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 1:16 PM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - New Hampshire’s Executive Council has reversed course and voted to accept millions of dollars in federal funds to promote COVID vaccines.

The five-member council Wednesday approved $22 million in federal funds. It comes after the Republican-controlled council last month voted 4-1 to reject $27 million, becoming the only state in the country to do so. Wednesday’s vote included a nonbinding resolution that rejects any form of a federal vaccine mandate.

New Hampshire is currently the lowest vaccinated state per capita in New England and continues to see a surge in daily cases and deaths.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen said she’s glad the council finally did the right thing. “Unfortunately, we are delayed in getting that help out to the medical professionals who need it, to the family who want to get their kids vaccinated. A significant portion of those dollars are to go get kids vaccinated in New Hampshire. So, we are behind, we need to get the dollars out and we need to continue to see the executive council do the right thing,” she said.

The council still needs to officially approve the funds before they are distributed.

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