State lawmakers tour Dunkin’ Donuts Center vaccination site

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) –¬†Residents 65 and older were able to get their COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday at one of the state’s two mass vaccination sites.

State lawmakers took the opportunity to tour the site at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Downtown Providence.

House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi and Representative Ray Hull saw the operation first hand, and said they’re happy with how things are going.

“Hundreds of people were being vaccinated and they have stations set up. There’s assistance all along the process for people who may be technically challenged like myself,” Shekarchi told ABC6 News.

While pleased with what they saw, they want the federal government to step up when it comes to vaccine supply.

House Speaker Shekarchi said he hopes to see the volume of the vaccine supply improved.

“If we get more vaccine the cornel has assured me they have the capacity to move people aster through the process. It’s a supply and demand. We have a very good demand but unfortunately we have a limited supply from the federal government,” Shekarchi noted.

About 1,400 Rhode Islanders were vaccinated Tuesday at the site.

The site’s general manager said from start to finish, it should take about 30-40 minutes to get your vaccine. Organizers urge those looking for a place to park to park in the garage behind the center that offers free three-hour parking.

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