R.I.’s new COVID-19 vaccine strategy will involve family doctors

MOISES FORTES of Pawtucket receives the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Lenny Cioe recently, while Dr. Cristina Pacheco, chief medical officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Inc., supervises vaccine administration at Blackstone Valley’s Central Falls location. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
MOISES FORTES of Pawtucket receives the COVID-19 vaccine from registered nurse Lenny Cioe recently, while Dr. Cristina Pacheco, chief medical officer for Blackstone Valley Community Health Inc., supervises vaccine administration at Blackstone Valley’s Central Falls location. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The R.I. Department of Health is moving to include primary care doctors – the health care professionals with the most intimate knowledge of people’s medical histories and risk factors – in the COVID-19 vaccination effort as the rollout enters a new phase. The thinking is that general practice doctors and pediatricians are best-suited to answer…

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