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Rhode Island COVID-19 Partner Update

Vaccine News
How do I make an appointment to get vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccines are available at the places where you normally get your vaccines, like doctors’ offices and pharmacies. 
Call your healthcare provider to see if they are providing COVID-19 vaccine.  
Use Vaccines.Gov to find COVID-19 vaccines near you. You can search by location and by vaccine type.  

Remember, COVID-19 vaccines are available at no out-of-pocket cost. People cannot be charged for a COVID-19 vaccine when vaccination is the only service provided. However, some vaccine providers may ask for insurance information to charge your insurance for the vaccine administration fee. You do not have to have health insurance to get a COVID-19 vaccination.     

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccines?
All people ages 6 months and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.   
Everyone age 5 or older is eligible for a booster dose. 
For COVID-19 vaccine recommendations by age, please see this chart
For COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who have weakened immune systems, please see this chart

How can I get my child vaccinated?
Children can get vaccinated at most places that offer COVID-19 vaccines.  
Many pediatric and family medicine practices are enrolled as providers of COVID-19 vaccine. Contact your child’s healthcare provider to learn if they are vaccinating children.  
If your PCP is not providing vaccinations, you can also find the COVID-19 vaccine for this age group at some Federally Qualified Health Centers. 

  • East Bay Health Centers – will vaccinate non-patients (6 months-4 years of age) on Wednesdays and Fridays at both the East Providence and Newport locations.
  • Thundermist Health Centers, located in Wakefield, West Warwick, and Woonsocket will accept non-patients (12 months and older) at their Convenient Care clinics. 
I can’t leave my home for a vaccine appointment. How do I get vaccinated?
Beginning July 1, there is a new process to request an at-home vaccination. People who are unable to leave their home for vaccine have the following options:  
Home Health Providers: Please contact your home health provider to see if they are offering vaccine.  
Through the following vaccine providers:  Please note that patients cannot be charged for a COVID-19 vaccine when vaccination is the only service provided. However, some at-home vaccination providers may charge insurance providers for administering, or giving you, the vaccine. A provider may ask you for your insurance information so they can charge your insurance an administration fee. You do not need insurance to get an at-home vaccination.  

Retail pharmacies (e.g., CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Stop & Shop) can vaccinate children age 3 or older. Visit the websites of these pharmacies for more information. Please note that CVS Minute Clinics are not considered pharmacies, but healthcare clinics. CVS Minute Clinics can vaccinate children as young as 18 months. 

To find COVID-19 vaccines near you, visit Vaccines.Gov [].  When making an appointment, make sure that you choose the right vaccine for your child’s age. For example, some vaccines are for children age 6 months through 5 years. Other vaccines are for children age 5 through 11. Click here for more information [] 

  • Alert Ambulance: Alert Ambulance can provide at-home vaccination throughout Rhode Island. To request an at-home vaccination through Alert Ambulance, you can email them at or call them at 508-944-7722.  
  • Purple Shield Medical: Purple Shield can provide at-home vaccination throughout Rhode Island. To request an at-home vaccination by Purple Shield, please call 401-384-7752.  
  • Bristol Emergency Medical Services: Residents of Bristol, Rhode Island can request at-home vaccination through Bristol EMS. Residents should contact Bristol EMS at: 401-253-6912. Please note that this service is only available to Bristol residents.  
  • Cumberland Emergency Medical Services: Residents of Cumberland, Rhode Island can request at-home vaccination through Cumberland EMS. Residents should contact Cumberland EMS at: 401-334-3090 extension 3. Please note that this service is only available to Cumberland residents. 

RIDOH's Monkeypox Task Force Taking Prevention and Control Measures

As national health experts continue to track the ongoing global outbreak of monkeypox, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)'s Monkeypox Task Force is coordinating with healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, and communities on monkeypox prevention and control measures.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. As part of this current outbreak, six monkeypox cases have been identified in Rhode Island. More than 1,000 cases have been identified nationally, including 49 cases in Massachusetts, and 159 cases in New York. Current evidence from around the country suggests that the virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox.

There is ample testing capacity for monkeypox, anti-viral treatment (Tecovirimat), and an FDA-approved vaccine (JYNNEOS) available to prevent this infection. However, the vaccine is currently in short supply nationally. Read the full press release here.

Drug Overdose and Substance Use Prevention News
Governor’s Overdose Prevention Task Force is Seeking Volunteers

The Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force relies on the support, engagement, and feedback from its various work groups: Prevention, Rescue, Harm Reduction, Treatment, Recovery, First Responder, Racial Equity, Substance Exposed Newborn and Family.  The work groups meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and are always welcoming new volunteers. Learn more
Read the entire July Task Force Newsletter here.  

CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Debuts New Mobile Unit
CODAC Behavioral Healthcare is now operating a new mobile unit to deliver services to individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorder in underserved areas of Rhode Island.  The mobile unit will provide assessment and treatment induction, access to medicated assisted treatment (MAT), mobile outreach and counseling services, and general health check screenings.  To view the schedule of the unit and to learn more, visit

Download RIDOH’s Latest Podcast
This week’s guest expert on the Public Health Out Loud podcast is Dr. Carol Lewis, a general pediatrician at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the director of the Refugee Health Program there. Co-hosts Dr. Jim McDonald and Dr. Philip Chan ask her about pediatric health trends and common health issues among the refugee community. They also ask her about how Rhode Island has welcomed recent waves of refugees arriving from Afghanistan and Ukraine. Download this week’s episode to learn more.  


Press releases from the Governor’s Office:
Recent executive orders:
COVID-19 school and child care guidance:
COVID-19 case and vaccination data for children and schools:
COVID-19 prevention guidance:
COVID-19 testing information:
COVID-19 vaccination information:
COVID-19 Information for healthcare professionals:
COVID-19 information for the public:
COVID-19 publications and resources:
COVID-19 information for workplaces:  and
COVID-19 resources in multiple languages:
CDC COVID-19 information:
Project Firstline Rhode Island: 

Social media platforms:

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Please contact RIDOH Infectious Disease Communications Coordinator Aaron Frechette ( for assistance with educational materials and communication resources. Please contact the RIDOH COVID-19 Information Line at 401-222-8022, or email, with any other questions.
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