CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) – All New Hampshire residents will be eligible to make COVID vaccine appointments by the end of next week, Gov. Chris Sununu announced on Thursday.

The state is breaking up the third and final phase of its vaccine plan into three age groups.

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People 40-49 years old can sign up starting Monday followed by people 30-39 years old on Wednesday. On April 2, every New Hampshire resident 16 years old and above is eligible.

“It allows everyone to get into the system, everyone to get a guaranteed time and everyone the opportunity in the future to move that time up,” said Gov. Sununu on Thursday.

Currently, New Hampshire is in Phase 2b of its vaccine plan. People over 50 years old, teachers and those with two or more medical conditions are among the residents who can sign up for the vaccine.

“It’s very exiting. I think that’s wonderful I have so many friends people I talk to who are anxious to get the shot as I am,” said Caroline Kerr.

So far 26% of the state’s population have received their first vaccine.

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“We feel fairly confident that everyone should be able to get their first shot by Memorial Day which is pretty incredible,” said Sununu.

Meghan Johnson is fully vaccinated and is glad the rest of her family will now be able to starting preparing for their shots.

“I think it’s good that people will have like an expectation of when they should be getting it,” said New Hampshire resident Meghan Johnson, who lives with two high risk residents.

Gov. Sununu also stated Thursday that the state’s mask mandate will continue to be in effect for at least 21 more days.

The state is holding its second mass vaccination event this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It expects to administer up to 8,000 shots.

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Visit Vaccines.nh.gov to find out when you’re eligible and to book an appointment or call the hotline at 211.

CBSBoston.com Staff