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SEEKING A REMEDY: One of the panel discussions at Providence Business News’ 2021 Fall Health Care Summit focused on the COVID-19 vaccine and the workplace. Participating was, clockwise from top left, Matthew Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Michele Lederberg, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief legal officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Firms should try outreach to reduce COVID-19 vaccine refusals

Private businesses with more than 100 employees could learn a lesson from Rhode Island’s health care facilities. When Gov. Daniel J. McKee set an Oct....
ONE OF TWO PANELS at the Providence Business News Fall 2021 Health Care Summit on Wednesday discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and employer mandates. Clockwise from top left is Matt Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Outreach to employees reduces COVID-19 vaccine defiance

PROVIDENCE – Repeated employee outreach – including small group meetings, daily bulletins and even bringing in faith leaders and pregnancy specialists – has proven...
Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced on Thursday that Rhode Island will soon participate a “Test and Stay” pilot program involving COVID-19 contact tracing for public school students. / AP FILE PHOTO / STEVEN SENNE

McKee announces contact tracing pilot for R.I. students, pumps childhood vaccines

WARWICK – As Rhode Island waits on the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 12 years old, which may come “in a matter...

Are you more or less likely to eat at a restaurant...

Some Rhode Island restaurateurs are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for anyone who wants to eat indoors. The moves follow similar...

McKee: Nightclubs that have vaccinated patrons can open fully for Memorial...

PROVIDENCE – Nightclubs that require full vaccination of patrons can open to full occupancy on May 28, the start of Memorial Day weekend, Gov....

R.I. reports 90% of people 60 and older vaccinated with first...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island continues to make steady progress in vaccination across various age groups, with more than 90% of people age 60 and...

Is priority vaccine list overcrowded?

Educators and child care employees are poised to become a COVID-19 vaccination priority for Rhode Island, which raises a question for everyone else in...

Next vaccine hurdle: Persuading people to get it

Today, more Americans hope to receive a COVID-19 vaccine than current vaccine supply will allow. Consequently, although President Joe Biden’s initial promise to dole...

2021 prospects

Are you optimistic your business will fare better in 2021? Yes: 62.5% Unsure: 25% No: 12.5% Do you plan to have your physical operations return to normal in...

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

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island next week will begin vaccinating residents of elderly housing buildings against the COVID-19 virus, as well as adults in group...

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