PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The state of Rhode Island released its largest batch of COVID-19 vaccine appointments to date Friday evening.
Roughly 20,000 slots were posted on VaccinateRI.org. Anyone in need of assistance with signing up can call 844-930-1779.
Rhode Islanders ages 50 and older are currently eligible to make an appointment, along with people 16 and older with certain medical conditions and adults in the communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Those include the following ZIP codes: 02860, 02861, 02863, 02904, 02905, 02907, 02908, and 02909.
On Friday, the city of Woonsocket (ZIP code 02895) opened eligibility to all residents ages 16 and older.
Parts of Cranston, Johnston, North Providence, and West Warwick are expected to follow suit next week. Those ZIP codes include 02893, 02906, 02910, 02920, 02911, 02914 and 02919.
On Monday, Rhode Islanders 40 and older will also become eligible to book an appointment.
Opportunities for appointments will first be available through retail pharmacies, followed by appointments released for the state-run sites at 9 a.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Friday.
More than 400,000 people in the state are now at least partially vaccinated, according to new data released Friday by the R.I. Department of Health. Of those people, 281,000 are considered fully vaccinated.
The Health Department also reported 423 new coronavirus infections and a 2.4% daily positivity rate, with around 17,600 tests administered on Thursday.
Another two Rhode Islanders have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the total to 2,638.
After steadily increasing over the course of two weeks, hospitalizations declined to 145, with 33 patients in the intensive care unit and 23 on ventilators. The state hasn’t had more than 30 ICU patients since late February.