The intent of this page is to provide members of the public with information and resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and to promote awareness, prevention, and preparedness in our community. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Rhode Island’s percent positivity rate, as it relates to COVID-19, continues to fluctuate. With highly contagious variants of the virus still present, it is important to wear high-quality masks, wash your hands, limit large gatherings, and keep your distance. It is important that we all continue to stay focused on defeating this virus!
Additional Vaccine Appointments : Daily appointment availability will be posted on VaccinateRI.org .
Current Eligibility : People age 16 and older who live, work, or go to school in Rhode Island.
Expanded Eligibility : Starting April 19th, all Rhode Islanders ages 16 and older will be eligible.
Transportation : Starting Monday, April 19th, R.I. Public Transit Authority will begin offering free fares to those going to and from vaccination appointments. People with vaccine appointments can email CustomerService@RIPTA.com or call 401-781-9400.
Vaccines for Veterans : The Providence Veterans Medical Center is hosting several vaccination clinics in April. For a schedule, visit here . For more information or concerns click here or call 401-273-7100 ext. 16226.
Homebound Vaccinations : Those that are homebound and filled out the state’s survey may receive calls from one of these three vendors: MedTech, Alert Ambulance, and PACERI, in order to schedule at date/time to receive their vaccination at the address they provided. If you are homebound and have not requested a vaccine, please do so through this survey: Homeboundvax .
Pre-Register: Rhode Islanders can now preregister for the vaccine on Portal.RI.gov or by calling 844-930-1779.
Options for eligible Rhode Islanders to be vaccinated:
For more information on vaccines, visit: Covid.RI.gov/vaccination . Sign up for
RIDOH’s weekly vaccination newsletter here .
Housing Assistance Program
Rhode Island Housing launched a $200 million statewide rental assistance program – RentRelief RI – for tenants and landlords who have been hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now open: RIHousing.com/RentReliefRI/
New Grant Program for Businesses
RI Small Businesses Relief Grant Program provides $5,000 to R.I. small businesses affected financially by COVID-19. Applications are open and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through April 30.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering grants for Shuttered Venue Operators , including operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums, movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers, and talent representatives. For more information and a list of resource partners that can provide application guidance, click here .
FEMA Funeral Assistance
FEMA is accepting applications for a Funeral Assistance Program for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Visit their FAQ page for eligibility requirements and more details here .
January 29, 2021
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is writing to provide an update on Rhode Island’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts. As of this afternoon, 66,778 people have received one dose of vaccine. A total of 22,983 people have received two doses of vaccine. See the data.
Rhode Island is close to the national average for total doses administered per capita, and we are just outside the top 10 nationally for second doses administered per 100,000 people. We want to get as many people as possible vaccinated as quickly as possible. But without enough vaccine to vaccinate all eligible people right away, we have to be extremely targeted and strategic in our approach.
Plan for Next Phase of COVID-19 Vaccine Administration
RIDOH has announced a plan for the next phase of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. The plan incorporates national public health guidance and local advisory committee input, making vaccine available to Rhode Islanders over the coming months based on age, geography, and health status. RIDOH’s plan aims to reopen the economy as quickly as possible by reaching those most at risk of hospitalization and death.
This next phase of the vaccination campaign will likely begin in mid-February, depending on vaccine availability. At that point, access to vaccine will depend on three factors: age, high-risk conditions, and geography.
Age: When the next phase of the vaccination campaign begins, Rhode Islanders who are 65 to 74 years of age will be able to begin making appointments to get vaccinated. (Older adults in congregate settings and people who are 75 years of age and older will have already had access to vaccine.) It will take some time for everyone in this group to schedule appointments and get vaccinated. Age will continue to be the primary consideration as more people become eligible for vaccine.
As more vaccine becomes available, people will become eligible for vaccine in the following order: 60 to 64 years old, 50 to 59 years old, 40 to 49 years old, 39 to 16 years old. There will be some overlap in the vaccination of each age group as additional vaccine becomes available. You can view a tentative timeline based on current vaccine allocations in the image below and here.
High-risk conditions: People, who are 16 to 64 years of age who have certain underlying health conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, will have access to vaccine. These conditions fall into the general categories of kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and those who are immunocompromised. People with underlying health conditions in one of these five categories will be able to be vaccinated at the same time that vaccinating starts for 60 to 64-year-olds. Additional information, including definitions of these underlying health conditions, is available at C19vaccineRI.org.
Geography: The residents of certain communities are at elevated risk for COVID-19-associated hospitalizations and deaths. Due to this disparity and given that minimizing COVID-19-associated hospitalizations is critical to Rhode Island’s ability to manage the pandemic and reopen the economy, vaccine distribution will continue in these communities. They include Central Falls and parts of Pawtucket, Providence, North Providence, and Cranston.