McKee talks booster shots, looming vaccine deadline for health care workers at presser

Governor McKee got his booster shot, too.

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Dan McKee talking all things ‘COVID booster shots’ on Thursday to thousands of eligible residents, just days after the CDC gave the final guidance for priority groups.

In the governor’s ‘booster blitz,’ state officials detailed who is now eligible to get the booster shot of Pfizer. All 130,000 eligible Rhode Islanders can now make an appointment online.

  • anyone 65 and older, as well as residents in long-term care facilities (regardless of age)
  • people 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions
  • those 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions
  • people 18-6 who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 because of their job

At this time, only Pfizer is administering booster shots. Both Johnson and Johnson and Moderna are preparing to present data to the FDA on boosters within the next few weeks.

Governor McKee, even rolling his sleeve up to get his booster shot on Thursday. To date, nearly 5,000 Rhode Islanders have already gotten their booster shot.

“Rhode Island was well prepared for COVID-9 booster shot administration. I am pleased to see that eligible Rhode Islanders are already stepping up to get their booster shots,” McKee adds.

Last week, the state health department announced all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island have agreed to host at least one vaccine clinic per month to help more residents get the booster.

To date, nearly 80% of all Rhode Islanders 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

 

 

 

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