Third Dose of mRNA Vaccines
According to the CDC, people who have moderately to severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) following the initial two doses. The third dose should be administered at least 28 days after the second dose. A third dose is recommended because people who are immunocompromised are more vulnerable and are at a higher risk of having a serious illness from COVID-19. If you received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose COVID-19 vaccine, experts are not recommending any additional COVID-19 vaccinations at this time.
- A third dose is recommended for those who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
If you meet the above criteria, please contact your provider's office to request a third dose. Please review these third dose FAQs from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
COVID-19 Community Testing and Helpline (603) 442-5665
APD is pleased to partner with the NH Department of Health and Human Services to provide COVID-19 testing to our community and help limit the spread of infection. A provider referral is not required for testing, however an appointment must be scheduled. Community members, please call to request an appointment and learn more here.
Call to schedule (603) 442-5665.
Location: Robert A. Mesropian Center Parking Lot.
Our Emergency Services, Multi-Specialty Clinic, and Hospital are here to provide care
Providers at the MSC are here to answer questions, to provide COVID-19 risk assessments, and to provide referrals for testing. This is done by appointment only and not as a walk-in service. Emergency services are here for any health emergency but they do not perform routine COVID-19 testing. Here's what to expect when we see you next.
Visitor policy and mask guidelines
Our campus has a frequently-updated visitor’s policy that you should be aware of before coming for your appointment, procedure, or surgery. Following the CDC recommendations to reduce asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic transmission of COVID-19, all APD employees, patients, and approved visitors over the age of two are required to wear a mask while on campus. Please view details.
Please visit the “Coronavirus Self-Checker” from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Simply launch the blue “Coronavirus Self-Checker, click here to begin” option in the middle of the CDC page. The purpose of the Self-Checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care and we hope you find it helpful.
How to protect yourself
Please take these steps to protect yourself from COVID-19. They include avoiding exposure, washing your hands, social distancing, covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces every day. You may also check the risk levels of counties in the United States.
What to do if you are sick or caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should follow these guidelines to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and in your community.
Always call 911 if you have a Medical Emergency
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.
This page is updated frequently.