Rhode Island opens 2 more mass vaccination sites

The state now has 5 mass vaccination sites.

WEST KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- Rhode Island officially has five mass vaccination sites. And many Rhode Islanders are thrilled with the state’s rapid progress.

On Saturday, the state opened up its fourth site in West Kingston off of Fairgrounds Road in the Schneider Electric building. And on Sunday, a fifth site opened up in Woonsocket at the former Sears location on Diamond Hill Road.

Both of these new sites vaccinated 400 residents with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Officials say they are prepared to administer many more doses per day when the supply comes in.

“No fuss, no muss.. it went as smooth. It went smoother than trying to get the appointment,” Warwick resident Raybon Toone told ABC6 News.

The sites were run with help from the Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps and hundreds of volunteers.

“You gotta think of us as the last mile. It’s getting folks here, registered and getting them through the vaccination process quickly,” said Brooke Lawrence, Executive Officer of Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps.

On Saturday, Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee and the Department of Health announced an additional 1,000 vaccine appointments will be available for Monday at the West Kingston site.

Additional doses will be shipped to the Woonsocket location later this week, but it is unclear as of Sunday night how many doses will be sent and when these will be administered.

“I think the state is doing a great job, and I think adding additional vaccine centers based on the amount of vaccines that they are getting is great. I think this is a good step and it’s important residents of Rhode Island get their vaccine,” said Narragansett resident John Harrison.

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