RI reports 262 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths; organizations can now request to host vaccine clinic

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The state of Rhode Island has launched an online form that organizations can fill out to request to host a pop-up vaccine clinic.

Gov. Dan McKee announced the new program during his weekly briefing on Thursday, saying the state is shifting its approach to bringing the vaccine to where people are in an effort to make getting the shot as effortless as possible.

McKee encouraged businesses, schools, places of worship, nonprofits and other large groups to host vaccination events.

On Friday, the governor’s office told 12 News that organizations can visit the state’s website to learn more, or fill out a request form at covid.ri.gov/request-vaccine-event.

In the meantime, CVS Health is also offering to administer the vaccine to large companies across the country. To be eligible, the company must have at least 1,000 employees who can be vaccinated at a single location, according to CVS.

Additionally, in order to host a clinic, CVS is requiring a minimum of 288 appointments in a six-hour event.

In a similar effort to improve vaccine accessibility, Lifespan announced plans to offer the shots to anyone admitted to its emergency rooms.

Lifespan said the state will be supplying Rhode Island, Newport, and The Miriam hospitals with about 200 Johnson & Johnson doses each week.

Dr. Anthony Napoli, the medical director of Newport Hospital’s emergency department, said they’re also working to offer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the near future.

“It’s a nice opportunity for an emergency department to try to be part of the public health prevention cause,” Napoli said.

Nearly 550,000 people who live, work and study in Rhode Island are at least partially vaccinated, having received the first of two Pfizer or Moderna shots, according to data released Friday by the R.I. Department of Health. Of those people, 382,000 are considered fully vaccinated.

Nearly 550,000 people who live, work and study in Rhode Island are at least partially vaccinated, having received the first of two Pfizer or Moderna shots, according to data released Friday by the R.I. Department of Health. Of those people, 382,000 are considered fully vaccinated.

The Health Department also reported 262 new coronavirus infections and a 1.6% daily positivity rate, with nearly 17,000 tests administered on Thursday.

Two more Rhode Islanders have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the reported death toll to 2,671.

Additionally, hospitalizations declined to 143, according to health officials, with 30 patients in the ICU and 20 on ventilators.

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