Gov. McKee goes door-to-door in Woonsocket encouraging COVID vaccinations

State and local leaders say they will continue to sponsor these pop-up vaccination clinics all summer across the state. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – If you live in Woonsocket… you might have heard a knock on Wednesday, and opened your door to find Governor McKee encouraging you to get your COVID-19 vaccine, right then and there!

“It’s a big day for Woonsocket but Rhode Island in particular,” McKee said.

It’s all part of a personalized outreach program to promote vaccinations in various cities and towns across Rhode Island with low vaccination rates.

McKee, joined along with the Rhode Island Department of Health, Woonsocket City Officials, and other various local leaders- focusing specifically on the Morin Heights and Veterans Memorial housing complexes.

Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt says it’s crucial to get vaccination numbers up in these areas.

“Families living in multi-generational tight, quarters… where if someone is COVID positive it’s more likely than not they are going to pass it onto their other family members,” Baldelli-Hunt said on Wednesday.

According to the Department of Health, a total of 46 individuals were vaccinated at two pop-up clinics set up at Morin Heights and Bourdon Blvd.

Woonsocket has the lowest vaccination rate to date in Rhode Island of all other cities and towns.

State and local leaders say they will continue to sponsor these pop-up vaccination clinics all summer across the state.

Anthony Silva, Chief of Staff to Governor Dan McKee, says other areas of concern for low vaccination rates are some zip codes in Newport and Pawtucket.

No health insurance or ID is required for the vaccinations.

For more information on local clinics near you, please click here for more information.

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