McKee, Picozzi tour Warwick vaccination clinic

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Warwick Mayor Frank Picozzi and Lt. Gov. Dan McKee toured the vaccination clinic at the Veteran’s Middle School Monday morning.

The clinic will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to residents 65 and older. On its first day, 640 doses were administered.

McKee said that expanding vaccine capacity is a major focus of his administration and believes teachers should be prioritized.

“I have said that the teachers need to be on the priority list, we are one of the few states in the country that doesn’t have teachers and related workforce on a priority list so we’ll work them in.”

McKee added that local vaccination clinics will soon be consolidated into five regional clinics, something the Rhode Island Department of Health is doing to shorten the time it takes to distribute vaccines.

“We need to build a capacity,” McKee explained, “If we did the reverse and only built the capacity to the supply we have right now, then we’d be scrambling to build this capacity.”

The incoming governor is also giving municipalities a seat at the table during COVID response. McKee said he had a call set for noon Tuesday with local leaders.

“The governor’s been very involved in this the whole time,” said Warwick Mayor Frank Picozzi. “We hold two or three municipal leader conferences a week.”

This comes on the one-year mark of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rhode Island. McKee could be sworn in as governor as soon as Tuesday.

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