State to release COVID-19 vaccine appointments on a schedule

COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS at the state's two mass-vaccination sites will become available on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and on Fridays at 5 p.m. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK
COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS at the state's two mass-vaccination sites will become available on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and on Fridays at 5 p.m. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

PROVIDENCE – When appointments for the two state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites were made available Monday, the spots filled up quickly, leaving those who came late to the state’s website out of luck for the time being.

As of Tuesday, eligible Rhode Island workers and residents seeking an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from a state-run site have some clarity on when the state will open more slots for vaccine appointments. 

The R.I. Department of Health said Tuesday morning that appointments at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center site in Providence and the Sockanosset Cross Road site in Cranston will be made available beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and 5 p.m. on Fridays.

In addition, open time slots will be posted throughout the week as they become available, the department said.

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Appointments at the sites can be booked on the state’s vaccine website www.VaccinateRI.org or by calling 844-930-1779.

The state is allowing people aged 65 or older to receive the vaccine, although others not in those categories have reported receiving the vaccine.

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