Pawtucket, Providence expand vaccine eligibility to those 18+ in harder-hit zipcodes
PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Providence and Pawtucket officials have announced immediate vaccine eligibility for those 18+ in certain zipcodes hit hardest by COVID-19.
This expansion was made possible through the state’s ‘High Density Community’ initiative, aiming to serve populations most impacted by the pandemic, including communities of color, high-density areas, and low-income neighborhoods.
For Providence, the state has given immediate eligibility to residents 18 and older living in 02904, 02905, 02907, 02908 and 02909.
Mayor Elorza pointed out 02906 was not included in this expansion list, but they are working to soon get everyone eligible.
Both zipcodes in Pawtucket have been deemed eligible for this expansion. Pawtucket residents 18 and over are eligible for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines and residents 16 and over are eligible for Pfizer.
Pawtucket Mayor, Donald Grebien, announced that all eligible residents will be able to get a vaccine as clinics become available, starting March 22.
Officials in both Providence and Pawtucket have noted that supply is limited on the doses- so even though eligibility has expanded you may not get an appointment right away.
“Our goal is to get as many shots in as many arms as quickly as possible,” said Governor Dan McKee.
“Achieving this goal is going to take a whole-of-government, full state response and close partnership with our local communities. I thank Mayor Grebien and his team for working hard to ensure an equitable and efficient vaccine distribution in the city. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our high-density communities and all 39 cities and towns to beat COVID-19 and come back stronger”, McKee continued.
Residents who have not done so already, are asked to complete the online form that provides information for upcoming clinics.