R.I. prepares for more vaccine, will start inoculating elderly housing and group home residents

THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Health reported Friday that residents of group homes, among other settings, will begin to be vaccinated starting Jan. 18. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island next week will begin vaccinating residents of elderly housing buildings against the COVID-19 virus, as well as adults in group homes, according to the R.I. Department of Health, in a Friday update on the state’s vaccination effort. The state also is now preparing for a change in federal distribution of the…
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  1. If we had focused on age 65 and older from the start, we would have had 1/3rd of that population vaccinated by now and in 2 months would be complete with the highest risk population even at the snail pace RI has been vaccinating. if 85% of deaths are in that age group you’d be saving about 10 lives a day. Over 3 months that’s 900 lives saved. Begin mass vaccinations of those over 65 now! Easiest to verify without the political headache of dealing with competing “essential” workforces – all of which I’m sure will articulate very well why they should be head of the line… but focusing on oldest first is indisputable and easy to understand by all. It is fair and equitable and consistent with CDC guidelines.