RI reports 776 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths; McKee to announce vaccination plan for teachers Tuesday

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island educators will soon learn more about when they’ll be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gov. Dan McKee has scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to announce a new statewide initiative to get all teachers, school employees and child care providers vaccinated. It will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish Center in Pawtucket, which houses the city’s municipal vaccination clinic, and he’ll be joined by Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and other state and city officials, McKee’s office said Monday afternoon.

12 News plans to live stream Tuesday’s announcement on WPRI.com.

In the above video, McKee holds a virtual meeting with his COVID-19 advisors Monday evening.

Additionally, McKee’s office said this week’s COVID-19 briefing has been moved to 11 a.m. Friday.

Since before he became governor, McKee has been pushing to prioritize educators for vaccination. The state’s plan calls for prioritization to be based on age, location and underlying health conditions, but not occupation.

Currently, the only way Rhode Island teachers under the age of 65 can make a vaccine appointment is at participating CVS and Walgreens pharmacy locations.

Data released Monday by the R.I. Department of Health showed more than 232,000 first doses of the vaccine have been administered to date, while 91,000 people are now considered fully vaccinated.

The reported death toll from COVID-19 climbed to 2,549, an increase of eight since data was last released on Friday.

Health officials also reported 776 new coronavirus infections over the past three days.

The state has 133 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, which is the fewest since mid-October, according to the data.

Of the current patients, 21 are in the intensive care unit and 15 are on ventilators.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday released new guidance for people who are fully vaccinated, which included gathering with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.

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