Dunkin’ Donuts Center mass vaccination site set to close its doors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Dan McKee has announced the Dunkin’ Donuts Center mass vaccination site will soon close its doors.

The center has been vaccinating residents since mid-February, but as vaccination rates continue to rise in the Ocean State, the Governor says they are now focusing on different ways to reach those unvaccinated populations.

The Governor did not give a specific date on when this will happen, but instead saying it’ll happen “sometime soon”.

ABC 6 News spoke to people getting vaccinated at the site who said while the mass vaccination sites are convenient, they think it’s time now time for the state to focus on bringing more doses to local communities.

“As the numbers and volume of people getting vaccinated is starting to drop, it makes sense to try and get out into the community and reach the people who are less likely to come to a public large site like the Dunk,” Deb Debare from North Kingstown said.

Since taking office in March, the Governor has vowed to get local communities more involved in the vaccination effort. It’s part of the state’s phase 3 approach to the vaccine rollout.

“I think it’s great to actually go into communities to go to places like community centers or shopping malls or wherever people are going to be and make it easy for them to get vaccinated,” Debare said. “We want to keep the rate of vaccinations going up, so we can do it as quickly as we can.”

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