CVS adds 3 new vaccination sites in RI as distribution efforts increase; 11 more COVID-19 deaths reported

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders looking to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are gradually getting more options to make an appointment.

CVS Health confirmed Wednesday that locations in Providence, Cranston and Pawtucket have been added to the growing list of pharmacies where people can go to get a shot.

The doses for those clinics are coming from the company’s partnership with the federal government, not from the state’s regular allotment, a CVS spokesperson told 12 News.

Last week, both CVS and Walgreens announced plans to increase the number of participating locations after learning their supply of doses would be doubling.

The new pharmacies will begin administering shots on Thursday. CVS has not released the specific addresses to prevent those sites from becoming overwhelmed. The spokesperson stressed that walk-in vaccinations will not be allowed; an appointment must be made on CVS.com or by calling your local pharmacy.

People 65 and older became eligible this week to receive the vaccine, which along with pharmacies can be obtained at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites or through clinics being set up by individual cities and towns.

To sign up for an appointment at one of the state-run clinics, visit VaccinateRI.org or call (844) 930-1779 for assistance.

Schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment » | Sign up for the vaccine notification list »

The state currently has two mass vaccination sites in operation at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and the former Citizens Bank headquarters in Cranston, but officials said they’re looking at additional sites in northern and southern Rhode Island with the hope of adding two more by the middle of next month.

Roughly 64,000 people in the state are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to new data released Wednesday by the R.I. Department of Health, while more than 153,000 are partially vaccinated, having received the first of two doses.

The Health Department also reported 375 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday and a 2.3% daily positivity rate, with more than 16,000 tests administered the previous day.

Additionally, 11 more people in Rhode Island have died after contracting COVID-19.

Hospitalizations ticked down to 168, with 32 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit and 16 on ventilators.

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