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March 22, 2021
Pawtucket Opening Vaccines to All Residents as Clinics Become Available
Mayor Grebien Thanks Governor McKee and RIDOH for High Density Community Initiative
Pawtucket – Mayor Donald R. Grebien has announced that as of Monday, March 22nd, all age restrictions for vaccination clinics will be removed allowing all residents who are able to receive a vaccine (18 and over for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson and 16 and over for Pfizer) to be eligible for all upcoming clinics within the city. Mayor Grebien also thanked Governor Dan McKee and RIDOH for their continued support through the High Density Community (HDC) initiative.
“Our goal is to get as many shots in as many arms as quickly as possible,” said Governor Dan McKee. “Achieving this goal is going to take a whole-of-government, full state response and close partnership with our local communities. I thank Mayor Grebien and his team for working hard to ensure an equitable and efficient vaccine distribution in the city. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our high density communities and all 39 cities and towns to beat COVID-19 and come back stronger.”
The City is expecting additional vaccinations in the coming weeks and will continue encouraging residents to stay tuned to the website for available dates and times.
“There is a demand in the community for vaccines, and we are very excited to encourage all residents to receive the vaccine when they are able to get an appointment,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “We are continuing to work with the State through the High Density Community initiatives in order to continuously get vaccines in the arms of Pawtucket residents. I thank Governor McKee and Dr. Alexander-Scott for their leadership in getting our diverse community vaccinated.”
“Equity is a major focus for us in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. This means distributing vaccine in a way that is responsive to the reality that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on certain communities, such as Pawtucket. Accelerating vaccine distribution there and in other harder-hit ZIP codes as part of the State’s targeted High Density Community vaccination strategy is key to preventing as many hospitalizations and fatalities as possible, and to ending the pandemic throughout Rhode Island,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. “This approach is reflective of our larger vision at the Rhode Island Department of Health that all Rhode Islanders in every ZIP code should have an equal opportunity to be healthy. We are very thankful for the partnership we’ve had with the City of Pawtucket and the many community partners throughout the city who are working so hard to keep people healthy and safe.”
The City is asking residents, who have not done so already, to complete the online form at www.pawtucketri.com/covid19 in order to get more information on upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The form, in multiple languages, is intended to connect all residents with information on upcoming clinics as they become available.
The form will serve as a contact list for residents to submit their information and be contacted by the BEAT COVID-19 team when an upcoming clinic they are eligible for is announced by the RI Department of Health.
Residents are required to provide information including their name, date of birth, street address, telephone number, and email in order to be placed on the contact list. This form does not serve as preregistration for a clinic and residents are still required to consult the Pawtucket website or call the BEAT COVID-19 hotline to register for an individual clinic once they are notified that they qualify. Registration on the form does not guarantee the resident a spot in the next vaccination clinic and all clinics are still on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The City of Pawtucket’s clinics are hosted by Pawtucket EMA, the Pawtucket Fire Department, the Pawtucket Police Department, Public Health and Equity Leader Elizabeth Damoura Moreira, and community volunteers. Other HDC clinics are hosted by the YMCA and Asthenis Pharmacy, Simpsons Rx, BVCHC and Santiago Medical Group.
“We understand that we won’t be able to vaccinate everyone overnight, but this is a great step in returning to normalcy,” said Moreira. “We thank the residents for their continued patience as we continue moving forward toward full community vaccination.”
The City continues to anticipate having Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson throughout different vaccine clinics in the coming weeks with the hopes of higher allocations than in previous weeks. Residents are encouraged to visit the Pawtucket website at www.PawtucketRI.com/Covid19 to see any available clinics. The website is updated 7 days a week when a clinic is made available.
Those who may need further assistance can still reach out to the BEAT COVID-19 call line at 855-843-7620.
Office: 401-728-0500 Ext. 358
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- Mayor Donald R. Grebien