Pfizer boosters now available in Rhode Island for eligible groups
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Boosters of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are now available to eligible Rhode Islanders as of Friday.
Eligible Rhode Islanders can now make an appointment for their booster dose.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided final guidance on Friday, after its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met Thursday afternoon to vote on guidance.
Per that guidance, the Pfizer booster is recommended for:
- People 65 and older and residents in long-term care facilities
- People 50-64 with underlying medical conditions
- People 18-49 with underlying medical conditions based on individual benefits and risks
- People 18-64 at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of their occupation or an institutional setting
“Rhode Island was well prepared for COVID-19 booster shot administration. I am pleased to see that eligible Rhode Islanders are already stepping up to get their booster shots,” said Governor Dan McKee. “We had the infrastructure and strategy in place to respond swiftly to the approval from CDC, FDA, and ACIP and ensured boosters could be administered as soon as possible. Rhode Island continues to lead the nation in vaccinations and testing and we will continue to lead as we begin administering booster shots.”
The Rhode Island Department of Health said it is currently workign with nursing homes, assisted living communities, and “other congregate care settings” to make sure the booster is accessible to those populations.