Out-Of-State College Students Not Eligible For COVID Vaccine In New Hampshire

Everyone over the age of 16 is eligible for the vaccine in New Hampshire except out-of-state students. WBZ-TV's Mike LaCrosse reports.

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- The vaccine frustration at New Hampshire colleges. State officials say students, who are from out of state, are not eligible to be vaccinated.

- And two Granite State Colleges are struggling with outbreaks, right now. The University of New Hampshire football team opted out of the rest of its season, and the last two games will be canceled.

- At least 16 cases are tied to on-campus events at the Magdalen College of Liberal Arts, in Warner. As WBZ's Michael Cross shows us, students in New Hampshire are concerned that not vaccinating everyone could put them at risk.

MEREDITH MIKESELL: But I live 3 and 1/2 hours away, you know it's not really ideal.

- For UNH freshman, Meredith Mikesell, going home to Connecticut to get her COVID-19 vaccine will take her away from class and her job.

MEREDITH MIKESELL: I want to work as much as I can, make as much money to pay for my school. So I'd rather be able to do it all in one day, close by.

- Last Friday, everyone over the age of 16 became eligible for the vaccine in New Hampshire, except for out-of-state students.

- So I guess finding that out was kind of a bummer. So I would get one if I could.

CHRIS SUNUNU: So, you know.

- Govenor Chris Sununu says the state does not get vaccines for nonresidents from the federal government. He also says college students are considered a low-risk group.

CHRIS SUNUNU: Looking down the road, all the residents that want a vaccine have gotten into the system. Of course, we could look at opening it up but our residents just have to come first.

MIKE LACROSSE: State lawmakers are calling on the governor to reconsider, following a recent COVID outbreak at a college in Warner.

TOM SHERMAN: This is an issue that really is critical to the safety of all New Hampshire residents, not just the children themselves, or the young adults themselves. But to their fellow students, to the community of teachers and staff.

- Students on the UNH campus say there would be a greater sense of relief if everyone was able to get their vaccine.

- I would because, even though I'm a New Hampshire resident, most my friends in college aren't from New Hampshire.

- Personally I feel that everyone should be able to get vaccines.

MIKE LACROSSE In Durham, New Hampshire, I'm Mike LaCrosse, WBZ News.

- Now we should point out that if you study at a Massachusetts college, or university, you can receive a vaccine here as soon as you're eligible.