Rhode Island ranks sixth in U.S. for first dose of COVID-19, RIDOH says

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island ranks sixth in the nation for administering at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state’s department of health said.

Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the state’s department of health, told state lawmakers about the ranking during a virtual meeting on Wednesday.

According to Alexander-Scott, the three mass vaccination sites have capacity to immunize about 5,000 residents per week.

Alexander-Scott says vaccine supply still remains an issue.

After the meeting, ABC 6 interviewed Sydonee Harris, an East Providence resident with leukemia, who told ABC 6 she’s getting the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine through a Lifespan clinic on Friday.

She says since the panemic started, she’s barely been able to leave her home; only to get groceries.

“Once I get the vaccine I’ll be able to go visit my grandparents, which would be nice. I haven’t seen them in over a year.” Harris said.

 

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