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.
The State of RI has announced the additional eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations for the 65+ community. At this time, the state has suggested that cities and towns only complete addressing the 75+ community. For further information, visit vaccinateri.org.
Although the Town of Lincoln continues to conduct vaccine clinics with a limited availability of doses for ages 75+, you may also use one of the below options to find additional vaccination locations, dates and times for eligible groups:
If you are not yet in a group that is eligible to be vaccinated, you may register to be notified when the vaccine becomes available for your group of interest on the State's COVID Portal.
The State has also set up a Request for In-Home COVID-19 Vaccination form that allows homebound residents or their caregivers to notify the RI Department of Health of any individual who cannot safely attand or be transported to a COVID-19 vaccination opportunity outside of the home.
NOTE: You should only make one appointment to be vaccinated as an appointment is a guarantee that a vaccination will be made available for you. This allows for efficient scheduling opportunities for others to make appointments themselves. However, in the event that you opt to be vaccinated elsewhere after having made an appointment, please be sure to cancel any other appointments in a timely manner so that they may provide that vaccination to others.
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.