RIDOH updates on vaccine eligibility, plans to suspend care at two alternate sites

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – COVID-19 vaccination efforts are continuing to accelerate, now with residents 65 and older eligible to get vaccinated.

People who are 65 and older can register to be vaccinated at one of two State-run vaccination sites in the state.

These sites are located in Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and in Cranston at Sockanosset Cross Road.

Those looking to register can do so at VaccinateRI.org.

Residents who are having difficulty registering online can get help by calling the automated line at 844-930-1779.

People who are 65 and older can also register to be vaccinated at select CVS or Walgreens locations, or through their city/town.

 Instructions on how to register at all three types of locations are available online.

According to the department, as vaccinations increase, the state has seen the number of hospitalizations decline.

The improving numbers allow the state to plan the suspension of patient care at its two alternate hospital sites run by Lifespan and Care New England.

Lifespan is running the hospital site at the Rhode Island Convention center, while Care New England is operating an alternate hospital site at Sockanosset Cross Road, near the current State-run site.

The last day for patient care at the Rhode Island Convention Center hospital will be February 26th.

The last day for patient care at Sockanosset will likely be in the next two to three weeks, according to the Department of Health.

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