PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island is looking into having some of the state’s pre-existing testing COVID-19 locations double as vaccination sites, 12 News has learned.
This announcement comes as the number of weekly doses the state receives increased Tuesday from 14,000 initial doses to 16,000.
“It’s very exciting and every little bit helps,” Dr. Philip Chan from the R.I. Department of Health said.
More weekly doses means more available appointments, but knowing when and where to sign-up has felt like a shot in the dark to some.
Over the weekend, about 5,000 Rhode Islanders ages 75 and older received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The state said more residents within that age group will have a chance to sign-up in the coming days.
Chan said vaccine registration will look similar to scheduling a COVID-19 test with the state, and will primarily be done online.
“You can go to this one website right, fill out your information and be directed to one of many testing sites,” he said.
State officials say they expect to rollout a website for residents 75 and older to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine later this week.
“Our primary system will be an online system,” Chan said.
Officials say they will also create a 1-800 hotline for those needing help or unable to register online.
CVS Health also announced Tuesday that they will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible recipients beginning Feb. 11 at select locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Walgreens is also offering vaccine appointments.
Here’s a map of the CVS and Walgreens vaccination sites. Red markers are CVS locations; blue markers are Walgreens
Here’s the latest information on the state’s vaccine rollout by municipality:
Barrington: Residents 75 years and older are encouraged to contact Peck Center for Adult Enrichment at (401) 247-1926 to register for I-Contact, which will provide vaccine information.
Bristol: Residents ages 75 years and older can currently sign up to be placed on Bristol’s COVID-19 vaccination waiting list. As vaccines become available, the town will contact the people on the waitlist to schedule an appointment to receive their first dose.
The town’s vaccination clinic will be at the Bristol Quinta-Gamelin Community Center at 101 Asylum Road. Eligible residents can register online or by calling the Parks & Recreation Senior Services Office at (401) 253-1611, available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. If the phone is busy, they ask you leave a message with your contact information.
Central Falls: Central Falls is the only municipality where all residents 18 or older are currently eligible for the vaccine. Residents can sign up for their upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Feb. 13. at Central Falls High School on their website. Check www.centralfallsri.us/coronavirus for updates.
Coventry: The town announced plans to open its own vaccine clinic at 1675 Flat River Road. Starting the week of Feb. 14, the Health Department will allocate 240 doses a week for Coventry residents ages 75 and older, which will be administered by appointment only.
Family and friends are encouraged to assist senior citizens with the registration process, and those still in need of help are told to call Coventry Human Services as a last resort at (401) 822-9175. Appointments can be made here. (Note: That link will only be active when slots are available, according to the town. A CodeRED notification will be sent out each week when the page is online.)
Cranston: The city was recently allotted 390 doses, which officials began distributing Monday and will continue to do so through Wednesday at the Swift Community Center in East Greenwich.
Mayor Kenneth Hopkins said residents must pre-register by calling Cranston Senior Services Center at (401) 780-6000 on Friday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Priority will be decided by date of birth, so a government-issued ID and proof of residency must be provided.
Cumberland: The town’s EMS will be directly managing and dispensing the vaccine to residents ages 75 and older that reside in one of the six elderly apartment complexes in town.
As more vaccine becomes available, the town said they will conduct large scale clinics that will advertised in The Valley Breeze and on their social media platforms.
East Greenwich: East Greenwich residents ages 65 and older are encouraged to call or email either the recreation office by phone at (401) 886-8626 Ext. 1 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents can also contact the senior center office by phone at (401) 886-8669 o via email at email@example.com.
East Providence: The city used the Rhode Island Special Needs Registry to identify vulnerable members of the population to receive the vaccine. Those who are not registered will be contacted by a city employee in the coming days. Learn more here.
Exeter: Residents ages 75 and older can call town hall at (401) 294-3891 and leave their contact information to be called when a vaccine is available.
Glocester: The town’s EMS said the COVID-19 vaccine will become available to people ages 75 and older after Feb. 14. A notice will be given to all town residents with instructions on how to register, as well as clinic dates and locations, by a CodeRED. Information will also be available on the town’s website and social media platforms.
Hopkinton: The town’s EMS posted on its Facebook page that residents ages 75 and older are estimated to begin receiving the vaccine the week of February 14. For the most update to date information check their website. Their COVID-19 call center is (401) 388-8476.
Foster: Residents ages 60 and older that would like to receive a vaccination are asked to email Carol Mauro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 392-9208.
The town said three lists are being complied, including residents ages 75 and older, ages 65-74 and ages 60-64. Residents will be contacted to register for a time slow when vaccines are received and their is a clinic in the area for these age groups.
At this time, they do not have specific dates or locations, according to their website. Foster DHS is also asking for volunteers willing to make phone calls to notify residents, help with registration and assist with transportation.
Jamestown: The town’s police department said they have received 30 doses, which will go to the town’s oldest residents. If you were born in 1928 or earlier and have not yet been contacted, call (401) 423-1213 ext. 4328.
Johnston: Beginning the week of Feb. 14 Johnston will receive 200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the RIDOH for resident ages 75 and older, according to Mayor Joseph Polisena. The link to register will be found on the town’s website www.townofjohnstonri.com. Residents can call the Johnston Senior Center at (401) 944-3343 if they need someone to assist them with the online registration.
The link to the registration will close once appointments fill up and will repeat on a weekly basis as long as they receive vaccine. All vaccine administrations are expected to happen at the Johnson Indoor Recreation Center on Atwood Avenue.
Little Compton: The town said they were informed that they should anticipate receiving enough vaccine for 20 people a week beginning Feb. 14.
The town will contact residents to schedule appointments begging with the older residents. They will use the registered voter list as their main resource. If you are not a registered voter contact the Town Clerk at (401) 635-4400 to leave your name, address and phone number.
Middletown: The town received 80 doses, which are being administered this week at Quinta-Gamelin Community Center in Bristol. Residents ages 75 and older who are on the Rhode Island Special Needs Registry will be notified by phone, according to the town.
If any doses remain after that, other seniors will be selected at random. The Middletown Emergency Operations Center is now open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist residents with the vaccine rollout, call (401) 842-6565 or email MiddletownEOC@MiddletownRI.com for more information. Learn more here.
Narragansett: The town will be utilizing the vaccination site at the South Road Elementary School to administer doses to residents ages 75 and older. Eligible individuals will be randomly selected from the town’s database and contacted by town staff who will register them via phone within the RIDOH’s online scheduling system.
To ensure your contact information is accurate, eligible residents can contact the Town Manager’s Executive Assistant Patty Roosa at (401) 782-0654 or email@example.com.
Newport: The city received 120 doses which are being administered at Quinta-Gamelin Community Center in Bristol. City officials said they’re reaching out to seniors and encouraging them to sign up for the existing emergency alert database.
North Kingstown: The town said they will receive 130 doses of the vaccine for seniors ages 75 and older on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3. Distribution will be at South Road Elementary School in South Kingstown.
Residents on the R.I. special needs registry database will be contacted via phone between Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 to schedule an appointment. Once all special needs residents have been vaccinated, the town will identify residents over 75 years old by using databases, such as voter registration, senior housing and senior center membership. Call (401) 294-3331 ext. 405 for assistance in applying or visit their website.
North Providence: The town will be opening up its own vaccination location at the high school starting the week of Feb. 14. They will continue with those 75 and older and then scheduled other age groups until all town residents are vaccinated. Residents can sign up online, and the city is contacting people through the senior center’s call list. More information here.
Pawtucket: The city launched an online form that residents can fill out to receive information on planned vaccine clinics.
Mayor Donald Grebien said submissions will be added to a contact list so the BEAT COVID-19 team can reach out to residents once they’re eligible to receive the vaccine. The form does not serve as preregistration for a clinic, Grebien noted, nor does it guarantee a spot in a clinic.
Residents will still need to register once eligible to receive the vaccine, and the clinics will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Portsmouth: In their latest update, Portsmouth officials said that vaccines will likely be available at a variety of locations. Information on where to get vaccinated as well as how to register as expected in the coming weeks. Find updates on their website.
Providence: On January 30 and 31, the city administered 880 doses to Providence residents 75 and older. City officials say they are awaiting guidance from the RI Department of Health on additional clinics and in the meantime are encouraging residents to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine notification list at providenceri.gov/vaccinate.
Richmond: In a recent Facebook post, the town said they’ve received only 40 doses for the upcoming week. They said that databases will be used to identify the oldest individuals in the town and call them to offer the opportunity to get vaccinated. They expect to have more vaccine for residents ages 75 and older by the mid-February.
Scituate: The vaccine will be administered at the Scituate Senior Center beginning the week of Feb. 14, according to the town. All seniors will be notified and given the opportunity to be immunized.
Smithfield: Smithfield has created a vaccine wait list for residents 75 and older. Eligible residents can sign up online at smithfieldri.com/vaccine or call the Smithfield Senior Center at (401) 949-4590 or the Smithfield Town Manager’s Office at (401) 233-1010.
South Kingstown: The town received 150 doses, which are being administered at Regional South Road School. Senior residents who qualify will be contacted by phone between Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 to schedule appointments. Learn more here.
Tiverton: The town is contacting eligible residents to book appointments using their special needs registry, along with voter rolls. The town launched a COVID-19 vaccine page with information and a waitlist form.
Warren: Town officials said they’ve received 50 doses of the vaccine that they will administer at a regional clinic next week. Seniors ages 75 and older were selected from their special needs registry and all doses have been allotted.
At this time, they expect to receive 70 doses a week from the state, beginning Feb. 15. They have started a local list to contact eligible seniors when appointments become available. To get on the list contact Senior Center Director Betty Hoague at (401) 247-1930 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide your name, date of birth and phone number.
Warwick: The city received 390 doses which officials began distributing Monday and will continue to do so through Wednesday at the Swift Community Center in East Greenwich. While all of the appointments have already been booked, residents 75 and older are advised to put their names on a waiting list to get the vaccine at warwickri.gov/vaccine. Once their is vaccine available, residents will receive an email with another link here they can register to set up an appointment.
Westerly: The town said they have received 110 vaccines for the coming week. The town created a lottery from the voter roll for the limited allocation, those selected will be contacted. More doses will be added in the coming weeks, check their website for updates.
West Greenwich: Contact email@example.com if you are interested in getting a vaccine, a list will be kept of who to contact when a clinic becomes available.
West Warwick: The town said the priority for vaccinating will be by age and underlying health conditions. Any residents ages 75 and older who would like to be placed on the list for a vaccination can call the West Warwick Senior Center at (401) 822-4450 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Vaccine shipments are tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 15. The West Warwick Civic Center will be designated as a vaccination site, and is anticipated to be open once a week.