First vaccine clinic seamless, second will have more doses

First vaccine clinic seamless, second will have more doses

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town’s first in a series of vaccine clinics for residents age 75 and older over the weekend was seamless and left everyone “very, very happy and satisfied,” said Mayor Charles Lombardi.

The mayor said a total of 259 people were vaccinated in the closed-pod clinic at North Providence High School last Saturday.

“Not one vaccine was left over,” he said, adding that he told Fire Chief John Silva, the town’s EMA director, that with vaccines at a shortage, there was no option to have any left at the end of the day.

Lombardi thanked Silva and the Fire Department, as well as Linda Giorgio and staff at the North Providence Mancini Center and other volunteers, for their work in making the first clinic such a success.

The next clinic will be held this Saturday, Feb. 27, starting at 10:30 a.m. and going until available vaccines are gone.

Lombardi said the number of vaccines at Saturday’s clinic will be close to 500 after someone from the state stopped by the first clinic and saw how well it was being administered and said an extra 150 vaccines would be made available to the town for the second one. Fatima Hospital is also giving the town another 150 vaccines, he said, helping boost the town’s available totals.

Find the links to sign up for the town’s upcoming clinics at www.northprovidenceri.gov .

Lombardi also gave a shout-out to Lieutenant Gov. Dan McKee for working to get communities more vaccines, knowing that municipalities can take care of this effort.

“We know our community best,” he said. “If you give us the vaccines, we can take care of it.”

Having these clinics at a local location is great for residents’ peace of mind, he said, as seniors know that they don’t have to travel far or go to an unfamiliar place to be inoculated against COVID-19.

During the first clinic over the weekend, fire personnel were vaccinating about 40 people an hour in the NPHS cafeteria, he said.

Two additional vaccine clinics for those age 75 and older are planned for:

• Wednesday, March 3, from 4 to 10:15 p.m.

• And Saturday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Find the links at www.northprovidenceri.gov . Second doses are currently scheduled for March 20, 27, 31, and April 10.

There are roughly 4,500 senior citizens in North Providence age 75 and older. It is unclear how many have been vaccinated so far through a variety of means, including state and municipal clinics and efforts at pharmacies.

Those seniors who need help with registering for the vaccine, or those who do not have access to a computer to register, can call the Mancini Center at 401-231-0742.

Despite the state opening up registrations to those age 65 and older on Monday, Lombardi said the town will continue on with vaccinating only those age 75 and older for now. The younger crowd can sign up, he said, but they’ll have to wait. Lombardi said his phone was ringing off the hook Monday with people calling with questions about the change in eligibility, but he told all of them that the town must vaccinate its oldest residents first.

Comments

Had to be 50-75 people crammed into the entry way waiting, no social distancing and downright concerning. Officer said at least another 30 minutes before vaccines would arrive, I got out of there.