PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As the omicron variation surges, the state of Rhode Island is taking the opportunity on a big vacation week to get people tested and vaccinated.
These efforts come after the state has set a record-breaking number of positive cases.
It’s been nearly impossible to find rapid tests in pharmacies in recent weeks and equally tough to find appointments at the state-run sites. To help meet the demand, new testing sites have opened this week, according to Gov. Dan McKee.
Currently, all state-run testing sites are booked through the New Year, and even with the additional testing sites, many Rhode Islanders are still struggling to secure an appointment. The first day with open appointments is Tuesday, Jan. 4.
The situation is dire in Central Falls, where Mayor Maria Rivera tells 12 News the city’s walk-up testing site ran out of tests within three hours of opening Wednesday.
Rivera then chose to hand out at-home test kits for people who were turned away.
Testing sites are available online at portal.ri.gov, or you can call (401) 222-8022. You can also go through your health care provider.
For those looking to get vaccinated, or get a booster shot, appointments are available at the East Providence POD, Sockanosset Cross Road, McCoy Stadium, and more.
McKee announced two community-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics that are happening on Thursday.
Times, locations, and the types of vaccines offered can be found below:
|10:00am-12:00pm||CCRI – Warwick||400 East Avenue||Warwick||Pfizer (5-11)|
|11:00am-1:00pm||Higher Ground Intl||250 Prairie Avenue||Providence||Moderna, Pfizer|
Test appointments can be made online at vaccinateri.org or by calling 844-930-1779.
Select independent pharmacies are posting their appointments on VaccinateRI.org.
As of Wednesday morning, over 77% of all Rhode Islanders have completed their primary vaccine series, but only 26.7% of all residents have gotten their booster dose.