Rhode Island COVID-19 Vaccination Update
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has provided an update on Rhode Island’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts. Below is a link to the most updated information.
RI Department of Health Vaccine Data
COVID-19 Vaccine Record Lookup
Rhode Islanders can now get a copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record through portal.ri.gov/VaccineRecord. From this website, you can search for and print proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. If you need a second dose of vaccine, this record will tell you when you are eligible to get your second dose. Please note that only people who have received their COVID-19 vaccination in Rhode Island will be able to look up their vaccination record online.
If you are having trouble finding your vaccination record or are not able to go online, you can call 401-222-8022 for help.
Appointments Required at Vaccination Sites
Please remember that in order to receive your vaccination you must first make an appointment. In addition, you must be a part of a currently eligible group and attest to that in your online registration. There are no clinics providing walk-up vaccinations at this time, and you will be turned away if you arrive without an actual appointment. Find out more about how to make an appointment here. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
211 Support for Vaccination Registration
People who live, work, or go to school in Rhode Island can now get additional support when scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. People can call 2-1-1 to talk to a live, trained person, who can offer help in multiple languages when scheduling appointments on VaccinateRI.org or signing up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Notification List on portal.ri.gov. RIDOH is working with the United Way to provide this free support for all Rhode Islanders, including those with technical challenges and barriers, the deaf and hard of hearing community, those who speak a language other than English, and people with speech disabilities. This help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in Rhode Island, visit RIDOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine page.
Pathways to Vaccination
Options for vaccination still include going to a State-run vaccination site, select retail pharmacy, or a local or regional clinic. Because there are multiple ways to get a vaccine, RIDOH encourages people to only schedule an appointment in one place so that all eligible people can get vaccinated as quickly as possible.
See the ways people who live, work, or attend school in Rhode Island can get vaccinated
New State-Run Vaccination Sites
We plan to open new State-run vaccination sites in Middletown and Woonsocket. The Middletown site will open first, either next week or the following week, at the former Benny’s store on West Main Road.
Appointments are currently NOT open at these new locations. We will announce when appointments open.
Who is Being Vaccinated Now?
We are working hard to prepare for the next eligible groups: people 60 to 64, and people 16 to 64 who have underlying health conditions. We will announce when appointments open for these groups shortly. You can always check eligibility and see who is currently being vaccinated here.
Vaccine Eligibility for Teachers
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden set a goal for the country to get its teachers vaccinated. Rhode Island is working on a plan to vaccinate teachers and school staff. More information will be shared as it becomes available. (Please note that CVS, which receives vaccine directly from the federal government, has expanded eligibility to K-12 teachers, daycare and preschool workers, and staff.)
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Vaccine
The Janssen Vaccine, which is also called the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, was deemed safe and very effective by the FDA. On Wednesday, our Rhode Island COVID-19 Vaccine Subcommittee recommended that Rhode Island begin administering this vaccine.
We received 9,100 doses of the Janssen vaccine on Tuesday night, and will be distributing them at State-run sites, local and community sites, clinics in our high-density communities, hospitals, community health centers, and other places. We will also use this vaccine for homebound Rhode Islanders.
The Janssen vaccine performed very well in clinical trials against the new variants of COVID-19, and it was 100% effective in clinical trials in preventing hospitalizations and deaths 28 days or more after vaccination.
When you make an appointment to get vaccinated through www.vaccinateri.org, you can see which vaccine will be administered before making the appointment.
Survey to Gather Information for Those Unable to Leave Their Home for Vaccine
While all individuals are encouraged to seek vaccination opportunities through vaccination clinics and retail pharmacies, there are individuals who are unable to leave home to attend such opportunities. If you are unable to leave home to receive COVID-19 vaccination, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, please inform RIDOH through the following form: http://bit.ly/homeboundvax. Please note: this is not a vaccination registration form. This is a State of Rhode Island form to collect information for planning.
Vaccine Interest Notification List
People who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated can add their contact information to a Vaccine Interest Notification List to get updates as eligibility opens to new groups. Enrolling in this list does not guarantee an appointment for vaccination. To enroll in the Vaccine Interest Notification List, visit portal.ri.gov.
The Rhode Island National Guard recently posted a step-by-step video on how Rhode Islanders can get vaccinated through the State-run vaccination sites. Watch the video by clicking below or here.
What to Expect During and After Your Vaccination
For more information on what to expect during and after your vaccination appointment, visit C19vaccineRI.org.
What Should I Do While I Wait for the Vaccine?
While the vaccine rollout will take time, there is a lot you can do in the meantime to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Testing is more available now than it has ever been in Rhode Island. If you go online right now to portal.ri.gov, you can make a same-day appointment to get tested at many sites throughout the state. If you test positive, Rhode Island also has a new doctor-recommended treatment. This fast, easy, and highly effective treatment helps keep you from getting sicker and being hospitalized.
However, the earlier you start treatment, the more effective it is. If you test positive for COVID-19 and are 65 or older or have an underlying health condition, immediately call your healthcare provider and ask about treatment for COVID-19. You can find out more information about this treatment here.
The Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing held a special guest presentation on February 25 with Dr. James McDonald, who provided information and updates about the COVID-19 vaccine. View the video here.
We will continue to share regular updates as more information becomes available. You can find updates on vaccination planning and answers to frequently asked questions on RIDOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine page.
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