Editor’s Note: This press release from DHHS was sent today at 6:08 pm on Friday, September 16. Governor Chris Sununu sent out a press release on Friday, May 20 at 4:54 pm saying that he signed HB 1608 and 54 other bills. Sununu’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Andrew Prout, R-Hudson; Representative Melissa Blasek, R-Merrimack; Rep. Tony Lekas, R-Hudson; and Rep. Tom Lanzara, R-Nashua. The bill stated: This bill requires the department of health and human services to inform the public of the opportunity for individuals to withdraw their COVID-19 vaccination status from the state immunization registry.
Concord, New Hampshire – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), as recently required by NH House Bill 1608, is providing instructions for residents to pick up their COVID-19 vaccine information from the NH Immunization Information System (NHIIS), if they wish.
To remove COVID-19 immunization records from the NHIIS, residents must complete the NH Immunization/Vaccination Registry Withdrawal and Delete Information form, obtain a health care provider’s or notary’s signature, and submit the form by fax to the DPHS Immunization Program at (603) 271-3850. DPHS recommends that residents also print a copy of their COVID-19 immunization record prior to leaving the NHIIS.
As required by HB1608, the Department informs the public that, “The State of New Hampshire obtained information about your COVID-19 vaccination status without offering you an opportunity to opt out of the statewide immunization registry. Our New Hampshire constitution respects your right to privacy, including your health information, and you have the right to remove your information from the immunization record. If you remove yourself from the registry, the state will not keep a record of your vaccination.” The current immunization registry opt-out form is linked here.
The NHIIS is a secure HIPAA electronic complaint record system designed to store and provide access to immunization information for New Hampshire residents regardless of their physical location. New Hampshire was the last state in the nation to pass an immunization registry that is used by health care providers to eliminate unnecessary duplication of vaccinations and provide reminders of upcoming recommended immunizations. DPHS also uses vaccination data to identify gaps in vaccination access and works to ensure that the vaccine is available to the underserved population.
For more information on COVID-19 in NH, visit https://www.nh.gov/covid19/.