Dunkin’ Donuts Center mass vaccination site to close, RI to focus on local sites

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- As vaccination rates continue to rise, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center mass vaccination site will soon close its doors.

While an exact date of closure has yet to be announced, Governor McKee said the state will now focus on different ways to reach unvaccinated populations.

Since taking office in March, McKee has vowed to get local communities more involved as part of phase 3 of the vaccine rollout.

This would include more vaccine distribution to locally run pharmacies, businesses, and places of worship.

One of the local sites includes Asthines Pharmacy in Providence.

Dr. Eugenio Fernandez said while mass sites have done a great job, local sites could be the key to reducing vaccine hesitancy.

“Ultimately if you can walk somewhere that’s close to your house or where you live you’re more likely to go. Accessibility is what’s key about being in people’s neighborhoods and going to their environment rather than taking them out and having them go somewhere else, ” Fernandez said.

He added that there is a demand for vaccines in his community and he would be grateful if he received more supply.

“If It’s close by you’re more likely to use it.”

Rhode Island plans to have at least 70% of its population vaccinated by early next week.

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