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October 17, 2020 3:50 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island has submitted a 51-page first draft of the state’s vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday.
Although a COVID-19 vaccine has not yet been federally approved, the deadline for each state to submit their interim vaccine distribution plan is November 1.
Rhode Island Department of Health spokesperson, Joseph Wendelken, says that the Health Department has been preparing for a large vaccination effort for several months.
“What we are doing right now is preparing for all scenarios when it comes to COVID-19, so we are ready no matter what the circumstances are when vaccine is available”, said Wendelken.
The draft goes into detail on the structure of each phase of the vaccine distribution and the critical populations that are prioritized. Rhode Island’s COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign will be conducted into three main phases:
Phase 1: When there are limited doses available
Phase 1A: High-risk healthcare workers and first responders will be the focus of vaccination efforts
Phase 1B: As more vaccine becomes available and those identified for vaccination in Phase 1A have received their second dose (in the event of a two-dose series), vaccination efforts will broaden …
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