We know many people are eager to learn more about how they can sign up for the vaccine. Right now, supplies are very limited and there are no active appointments available. That will be changing and each city and town is handling the process differently. Because our readership extends beyond the Town of East Greenwich, we have compiled information about how neighboring cities and towns are handling the vaccine process along with EG’s plan. We will be updating this as more information is available. If you have additional information, please let us know!
East Greenwich is asking all residents 65 and older to submit their contact info – not for appointments yet, but so the town can contact you when it gets more vaccine. They are vaccinating oldest first and focusing on 75 and older, as recommended by the state Dept. of Health. If you are an EG resident 65 or older, fill out an online form to register with the town HERE, or call either of these numbers: 401-886-8626, ext. 1, or 401-886-8669.
Warwick is not asking for contact info at this time but here is their webpage on the vaccination process: https://www.warwickri.gov/vaccine
North Kingstown is first vaccinating residents 75 and older who are on the state’s Special Needs Registry. According to its website, they will then use the voter roll, senior center and senior housing lists. You can find more information here, including a link to a vaccination consent form: http://www.northkingstown.org/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Covid19-Over-75-Distribution-Plan-80
West Warwick does not appear to have much information about the vaccine available on its website at this point, but they say they will have information the first week of February. Recommend checking this page daily: https://www.westwarwickri.org/index.asp?SEC=614FAFBB-920F-4CF9-A813-693BBA566F6E&Type=B_BASIC
Coventry also does not have a clear message about how they will be identifying residents for the next doses of vaccine, but says it anticipates having more doses of vaccine the week of Feb. 14 which will go to residents 75 and older. The town recommends checking in with this web page frequently: https://www.coventryri.org/town-news/2021/01/29/covid-vaccine-info-human-services
West Greenwich offers a link to send an email to someone at Town Hall who is collecting names for future vaccinations. We are waiting to hear back if they have any additional information. Here’s the email: [email protected] and here’s their vaccine webpage: https://www.wgtownri.org/home/news/covid-vaccine-clinic
Exeter has a signup form for people 65 and older on its website and the website says residents on the list will be contacted as vaccine doses become available. You can find the website here: http://town.exeter.ri.us/ and the registration form is HERE.
Cranston listed a phone number for residents 75 and older to preregister on Friday, Jan. 29. It’s unclear whether or not people can continue to use that number in February but it’s worth a try. Here is a link to their webpage about vaccinations: https://www.cranstonri.gov/covid-19-vaccine-information/
Here’s the pre-registration phone number they offered:
Cranston Senior Services Center at (401) 780-6000 on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Is the link you have for West Warwick correct? It looks like it is the same as the one for North Kingstown
Thanks. It’s corrected now.
Why is a large city like Warwick lagging behind on receiving more doses of the vaccine?
The state sent a total of 5,170 doses to cities and towns, which was broken down according to the number of residents per municipality. For the EG pod (which serves several municipalities) the breakdown went like this:
West Greenwich 30
West Warwick 140
How were these numbers calculated?
Why is our state receiving so few?
This doesn’t seem fair
I have a friend she lives in Florida for the winter. She is 66 and already received her shot. Can you explain why?
According to the RI Dept. of Health, it has taken a very targeted approach to vaccinate the most vulnerable residents first. After vaccinating health care workers and first responders, it is vaccinating only those 75 and older. More targeted appears to result in a slower overall rate of vaccination but RIDOH says their approach will result in fewer hospitalizations and deaths over time. As you know from your friend in Florida, each state is doing things differently. So, for instance, in Florida if you are 65 and older and you can get an appointment, you can get the vaccine. The bit of good news I can offer is that there is more vaccine coming. For instance, you can now try to get an appointment through some CVS and Walgreens stores (if you are 75 or older). And the state is opening up statewide clinics soon. If you are 75 or older, you should be able to get vaccinated within the next few weeks. Not sure how much comfort that brings but I hope this helps at least explain how RI is handling the vaccine process.
Warwick is very slow getting vaccines to us. I am 86,have a quintuple bypass high blood pressure, and have had congestive heart failure in the past . I could use a vaccination.
I hope the state gets more vaccine doses soon – and you are among the first called in Warwick.
Just want to make sure I am contacted to receive my covid shot when I am allowed to. I am 69 with Type 1 diabetes.
Nancy, if you live in EG, make sure you register. If you live in a community without a registry, I would check their website every morning. Best of luck.
My 93 year old mother lives in Warwick. She lives in her own home with screened people coming in to help her. I went on to Warwick’s website, they give no information for sign up or anything else. Help!
I’m so sorry. I recommend you check the Warwick website daily. I would also try the Warwick Senior Center. Good luck and keep me posted.
Can’t find where to register for a shot in Coventry. I’m 84, with cancer and a heart problem.
I’m so sorry. Keep checking this page – https://www.coventryri.org/town-news/2021/01/29/covid-vaccine-info-human-services. I think they will update it when they have more information. Good luck.
there should be a phone number for people that they could call for sign up for covid shot…this is crazy especially for a 84 year old person. I just do not think it makes much sense at all. Hope you are doing well Sir.
Steven Larry Kaye 73 vaccine can’t stand in line very bad legs
Good Morning Elizabeth. I am an EG resident; also a health care professional (RN). i contacted the EG Parks and Rec phone number (spoke to 2-different women) who said they would get back to me that day. I called 886-8626 and emailed cpoirier. Am I using the correct number/email address to register for a vaccine??
Thank you (ps: glad to see you on this site 🙂
Hi Dede. It looks like you used the right number and email. They are planning to use that list when they get more vaccine doses, starting with the oldest residents. Fingers crossed the state is able to distribute more vaccine soon! (And, glad to see you here too!)
Do you have any follow up on the people who signed up for the vaccine even though they were not authorized to do so? I notice the Attorney General is looking into similar questions with Lifespan and others. Were there any reprucussions? Did those folks receive the second dose, effectively rewarding their bad behavior? Thank you.
I do not have any info on that but will see if there’s going to be any further investigation.
Thank you for organizing this! Very helpful.
I am a West Warwick resident 67 yrs old and a stroke victim 3 years can you tell me when l can get the vaccine
Rosemary, I think you need to keep checking the town website (https://www.westwarwickri.org/index.asp?SEC=614FAFBB-920F-4CF9-A813-693BBA566F6E&Type=B_BASIC). I wish they offered more information! Best of luck to you.