PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Registration for appointments at Rhode Island’s two mass vaccination sites is now open to residents aged 75 years and older.
Eligible Rhode Islanders can visit VaccinateRI.org to book an appointment at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence or the former Citizens Bank headquarters on Sockanosset Cross Road in Cranston, both of which will begin administering shots on Thursday.
Currently, people are required to input all of their personal information before finding out whether any appointments are available, but state officials tell 12 News they’re working to reverse that process.
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Anyone who’s unable to register online can get help by calling (844) 930-1779. The call center will be open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Health Department says in an effort to manage volume, callers will be instructed to leave their phone numbers and they will get a call back from a state employee.
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Through both systems, a person can make an appointment for themselves or for someone else who is eligible.
The Health Department expects appointments to be filled quickly. Slots are now open through Saturday, Feb. 27, but officials say more will be added throughout the week.
Starting Monday, Feb. 22, Rhode Islanders 65 and older will be eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment.
In the meantime, anyone interested in receiving the vaccine can join the state’s notification list on portal.ri.gov.
New data released Wednesday by the Health Department shows more than 113,000 people in Rhode Island have gotten the first dose of the vaccine so far, while roughly 52,000 are fully immunized.
Another eight people have died after contracting COVID-19, health officials said.
The Health Department also reported 327 new coronavirus infections and a 2% daily positivity rate.
Hospitalizations ticked back down to 193, with 30 patients in intensive care and 19 on ventilators.
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The state-run clinic in Providence will be able to administer 500 doses per day to start, according to the Health Department, while the Cranston site will have the capacity to administer 900 a day.
Eligible residents can also register to receive the vaccine at participating pharmacies. To register, go to CVS.com, use the CVS app, or call (800) 746-7287. For Walgreens, go to Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine or call your nearest location.
Municipalities across Rhode Island are also beginning to open vaccine clinics for their residents. Contact your city or town to learn more.
The vaccine shot is free and no insurance is required to receive one.
For more information, visit C19vaccineRI.org.