McKee expects mass vax sites to close come fall, weekly COVID briefings to wane


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ In their first, joint sit-down since taking office, Gov. Dan McKee and Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos spoke with 12 News about a wide range of topics, from plans to bring vaccine clinics to high schools, to the proposal to award IGT and Twin River a 20-year gaming technology contract.

On the COVID-19 front, McKee said he expects mass vaccination sites like the one at the Dunkin Donuts Center to be closed by the fall, and for weekly coronavirus press briefings to move to a monthly format after Memorial Day.

He also said the state is in conversations with local high schools, colleges and universities to start vaccination clinics on campus, though he said a timeline hasn’t been solidified. Last week, McKee said the state received an additional 50,000 doses of the vaccine.

McKee also said he expects changes to be made to proposed legislation that would award Twin River and IGT a 20-year contract for state gaming. He said he would support the revised proposal, which a legislative spokesperson said is still being drafted.

On the topic of reforms to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, McKee said he expects to sign whatever legislation clears the General Assembly.

Watch the full interview in the video above, where McKee and Matos also discuss issues surrounding Eleanor Slater Hospital, when masking might end, and their working relationship.

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