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New Hampshire to lift vaccine residency requirement April 19

"We’re gonna have a lot of vaccine here, so we want to get it out to anyone who might be here in the state."

A New Hamsphire resident gets ready to receive the Johnson & Johnson one-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning April 19, anyone in the state, including non-residents, can sign up for a vaccine. (Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP) Geoff Forester/The Concord Monitor via AP

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire will remove its residency requirement for the coronavirus vaccination starting April 19.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu had faced some criticism from Democrats and officials in college communities over the state’s initial decision to prohibit college students from other states other non-residents from being vaccinated in New Hampshire. But that restriction is being lifted because the state anticipates having plenty of doses to go around, Sununu said Thursday.

“We just have so much more availability, we’re gonna have a lot of vaccine here, so we want to get it out to anyone who might be here in the state,” he said.

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All New Hampshire residents age 16 and older have been eligible for the vaccine since April 2. About 60% of that population has either been vaccinated or has scheduled their shots, said Elizabeth Daley, chief of the state Bureau of Infectious Disease Control.

Associated Press Writer Kathy McCormack contributed to this report.

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