In New Hampshire, the governor will wait his flip to get the vaccine.

In New Hampshire, the governor will wait his turn to get the vaccine.

It wasn't quite 30 degrees in Manchester, N.H. – with a wind chill of 19 – but Governor Chris Sununu looked relieved and happy when the first health care workers in the state were vaccinated against Covid-19 outside Elliot Hospital on Tuesday morning.

However, marking the occasion, the governor, a Republican, warned that it was far too early for residents to let go of their watch. And he rejected the idea that elected officials like him would be included on the vaccine line before the most vulnerable.

"I think that's ridiculous, to be honest – I totally disagree," said Sununu.

Mr. Sununu, 46, noted that he has older parents (his father, John H. Sununu, was governor in the 1980s) and that he regularly collects groceries from restaurants and goes shopping. He said he was concerned about not only protecting himself but also inadvertently infecting others. Even so, he said, he would wait his turn: "When it's my time, I'll be the first to strengthen."

On Sunday, President Trump said he reversed a policy on vaccinating senior federal officials at a time when supplies were limited and public broadcasting of the shot should focus on frontline health workers and nursing home residents. The news that White House staff would receive the vaccine early had generated harsh criticism on social media.

Governor Sununu urged residents to remain disciplined and continue to make "small sacrifices", including masking and social distancing. "It will be a few more months before we get there," he said.

Tuesday was the second day of Covid-19 vaccinations across the country. New Hampshire health commissioner Lori Shibinette said the state has received more than 12,000 doses to date and plans to use them all within the next two weeks. Vaccinations in the state's hardest-hit nursing homes would begin next week via a separate federal program.

The bulk of the vaccinations went to medical workers across the country on Monday, but they weren't the only ones. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice was vaccinated when the cameras rolled.


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