RI and Massachusetts release COVID-19 vaccination plans

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Health officials in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are already making preparations if and when a COVID-19 vaccine is federally approved.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked states to submit their vaccine distribution plans by Nov. 1.

Rhode Island Department of Health spokesperson Joseph Wendelken says the department has been working on this plan for months. The 51-page draft released Friday explains who would get the vaccine first and how and where it would be administered.

“We do envision having community place-based sites where people would go and get vaccinated. Usually what we do is try to make is as convenient and accessible as possible,” Wendelken said.

According to the plan, the vaccine would be rolled out in phases to select populations. High-risk healthcare workers and first responders would be the first on the list. Then over time, the next group would include people with serious health conditions, K-12 teachers, and critical workers in high-risk setting.

The final phase of distribution would prioritize young adults, children, and workers in industries that are critical to society.

“There are just so many unknowns at this point. We don’t know when we are going to …

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