McKee, RIDOH announce additional vaccination appointments; RI reports 767 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday

“We’re moving quickly to build out our capacity and make vaccines accessible to all Rhode Island adults when our supply increases. I encourage Rhode Islanders to sign up for an appointment as soon as they are able to – getting shots in arms quickly is the fastest way through this pandemic.”
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Governor McKee and the Department of Health announced 7,300 additional COVID-19 vaccination appointments to open on Tuesday.

These appointments come after Rhode Island expanded it’s age eligibility to residents 50-59 years old.

The appointments will become available to eligible residents Tuesday at 9 a.m. on www.vaccinateri.org. The appointments will be for Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Sockanosset Cross Road, and the regional sites in Johnston, East Providence, and Westerly.

“I am glad to be starting off the new week by expanding vaccine eligibility to Rhode Islanders 50 years and older,” said Governor Dan McKee.

“We’re moving quickly to build out our capacity and make vaccines accessible to all Rhode Island adults when our supply increases. I encourage Rhode Islanders to sign up for an appointment as soon as they are able to – getting shots in arms quickly is the fastest way through this pandemic.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health noted that this week will also mark the beginning of the state’s vaccine pre-registration system.

Residents can pre-register for their vaccine at a state-run site through the Vaccine Interest Notification List. To pre-register, visit portal.ri.gov or call 844-930-1779.

“When an appointment opens up for someone who has pre-registered and who is age-eligible, a notification will be sent to that person with a one-time use link,” the spokesperson said in a release.

“People will be contacted either through email, text message, or phone call, depending on their preference. For most people, there will be some flexibility in the time of the appointment, but it will be for a set date at a set location.”

Those interested will have 24 hours to make their appointment by using a one-time use link. Notifications are set to begin Wednesday.

In addition to state-run vaccination sites and regional clinics, residents can make vaccination appointments at pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Stop & Shop, and other independent pharmacies.

Along with Rhode Islanders 50 years of age and older, those who are 16 to 64 with certain underlying health conditions are eligible for their vaccine, along with people who were previously eligible in Phase 1.

On Monday, the state reported 767 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths from over the weekend.

There have now been 2,629 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.

As of Monday, there are currently 144 Rhode Islanders hospitalized for the virus. 23 of these patients are in the ICU and 15 are on a ventilator.

According to RIDOH, total of 256,834 residents have been fully immunized.

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