Vaccine Information

Make a Vaccination Appointment at a State-Run Site

Click here to schedule a vaccination appointment at a state run vaccination site.

If you need help scheduling an appointment, call the automated phone line at 844-930-1779.

If you need public transportation to your appointment, visit www.ripta.com and use their Trip Planner to find a route that works for you.

If you make multiple appointments for vaccination but only need one, please cancel the appointments you will not use so we can get other Rhode Islanders vaccinated. You can cancel your appointment by clicking on the “cancel” option in your confirmation email or by emailing [email protected] with your request.

Learn more about the State-run vaccination sites.

COVID-19 Vaccine Record Lookup

Rhode Islanders can now get a copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record through portal.ri.gov/VaccineRecord. From this website, you can search for and print proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. If you need a second dose of vaccine, this record will tell you when you are eligible to get your second dose. Please note that only people who have received their COVID-19 vaccination in Rhode Island will be able to look up their vaccination record online.

If you are having trouble finding your vaccination record or are not able to go online, you can call 401-222-8022 for help.

Sign Up for the Vaccine Interest Notification List

To learn when a vaccination appointment opens for you, sign up for the Vaccine Interest Notification List (VINL) at portal.ri.gov. When an appointment opens for you, we will contact you using your preferred contact method. VINL is just one way to get an appointment. You can still make an appointment through www.vaccinateRI.org, at a local pharmacy, or through your city/town.

To unsubscribe from VINL, please log into your account at portal.ri.gov or call 401-222-8022.

The State-run vaccination sites also use VINL to contact people about unused doses at the end of the day.

If you need help being added to VINL, call the automated phone line at 844-930-1779. Learn more information about VINL here.

Rhode Island is now vaccinating people against COVID-19. The state is committed to distributing COVID-19 vaccines as safely, quickly, and equitably as possible. Our goals are to minimize deaths and hospitalizations, to focus on equity, and to reopen the economy. Rhode Island will use an age-based approach, with accelerated distribution to people in the most vulnerable geographies and with specific health conditions.

We're committed to safe access to all! Learn more about our hard-hit community vaccination strategy.

Vaccinating against COVID-19 is one of the largest vaccination efforts our country has ever seen. The initial supply of vaccine is limited. When your group becomes eligible for vaccination, it may take some time for everyone in that group to get an appointment. The more supply we receive each week, the more quickly appointments will become available.

Please remember that making a vaccination appointment when it is not your turn denies eligible Rhode Islanders a chance to be vaccinated that day and slows down vaccine roll out in Rhode Island. Are you a healthcare provider? There is also a dedicated resource page on COVID-19 vaccine information for healthcare providers.

For answers to frequently asked questions about vaccines, please see our Vaccine FAQs.

Information for Those Unable to Leave Their Home for Vaccine

RIDOH is partnering with three agencies—Alert Ambulance, MedTech Ambulance, and PACE—to administer COVID-19 vaccines to homebound people in their residences. If you have already completed the survey, one of these agencies will contact you soon to schedule a vaccination appointment. These agencies will begin vaccinating some people as soon as March 20.

Please note that Rhode Island has access to a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments for in-home vaccination are therefore being prioritized based on age and geography. Appointments will be made first for the oldest people and those who live in one of the following high-density communities: 02860, 02861, 02863, 02893, 02895,02904, 02905, 02906, 02907, 02908, 02909, 02910, 02911, 02914, 02919, and 02920.

RIDOH encourages those who can safely attend vaccination opportunities outside the home to do so. Due to limited vaccine supply, requests to vaccinate caregivers during a homebound vaccination appointment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such requests should only be made in situations where a caregiver leaving the home to seek vaccination will jeopardize the safety or care of the homebound individual. Caregivers who are vaccinated during a homebound vaccination appointment must meet current Rhode Island COVID-19 vaccination eligibility criteria.

If you are unable to leave home to receive COVID-19 vaccination, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, please inform RIDOH through the following survey: http://bit.ly/homeboundvax.

Search the COVID-19 Vaccine Site Locator

When will I be eligible?

People are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Rhode Island based on Rhode Island’s vaccination timeline and if they live, work, or go to school in Rhode Island. To get vaccinated, you must confirm you are part of an eligible group, either online or over the phone when booking.

Vaccination for these groups started in December 2020 and will likely go through March 2021.

Vaccination for this group began early February 2021. The timeline for this group assumes 25% of those 75 and older were vaccinated in earlier groups.

Vaccination for this group began February 22, 2021. The timeline for this group assumes 15% of those 65 to 74 were vaccinated in earlier groups.

Pre K -12 teachers and staff at public, private, parochial, and independent schools, and licensed child care providers are eligible for vaccination at municipal sites where they work or participating pharmacy sites.  Vaccinations for this group will began mid-March.

For schools, eligible individuals include anyone providing regular, direct service to students, including teachers, administrative and clerical staff, bus drivers/monitors, coaches, cafeteria staff, maintenance staff, therapists working in schools, substitute teachers, and student teachers. School Committee members are not eligible.

For licensed child care providers, eligible individuals include all employees (regardless of schedule and hours of employment) who deliver direct, in-person services to children in DHS-licensed child care settings, maintenance staff, security and transportation personnel, and therapists and support staff.

Anyone who has a question about their eligibility should contact their employer (school or child care facility).

Vaccination for this group began March 12th. 

Vaccination for those 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions began March 12th. Look here for eligible health conditions. This timeline assumes 25% of adults with high-risk conditions were vaccinated in earlier groups.

Vaccination for this group began in early April 2021.

Vaccination for this group began in mid-April 2021.

Vaccination for this group began in late April 2021.

How can I get vaccinated when I am eligible?

Similar to COVID-19 testing in Rhode Island, there will be different ways to get vaccinated in Rhode Island. The three main ways that people will be able to get vaccinated are: State-run vaccination centers, designated local pharmacies, and other local and regional vaccination sites, like clinics run by cities and towns, some hospitals and healthcare systems, community health centers, and other sites in the community. Everyone will be following the same vaccination timeline and eligibility requirements. However, some will move through their priority populations at different speeds due to population size and operational capacity. 

State Run Vaccination Sites

As supply allows, new COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the State-run vaccination sites will be made available at the following times:  

  • Beginning at approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesdays
  • Beginning at approximately 5 p.m. on Fridays

Additional appointments may also be posted throughout the week as they become available. Eligible Rhode Islanders can schedule an appointment online at www.vaccinateRI.org. If you need help scheduling an appointment, call the automated phone line at 844-930-1779. The phone line is available in English and Spanish. A person may schedule and consent to vaccination, online or on the phone, for someone else with verbal approval. Appointments will be limited and you must have an appointment to get vaccinated. You cannot just walk in get vaccinated.

As of March 30, pre-kindergarten to grade 12 teachers, school staff, and child care workers are eligible to schedule vaccination appointments at State-run vaccination clinics if they have not yet gotten a first dose of vaccine at a municipal site or at a local pharmacy. All pre-kindergarten to grade 12 teachers, child care workers, and staff members should get the second dose of vaccine where they got the first dose (if they are getting the two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine).

 

Local and Regional Vaccine Sites

  • Johnston Recreation Center, 1741 Atwood Ave., Johnston, RI 02919
  • Westerly Senior Citizens Center, 39 State St., Westerly RI, 02891
  • East Providence Senior Center, 610 Waterman Ave., East Providence, RI 02914

These regional clinics operate on different days and at different times. Appointments are required at all vaccination sites. To view hours and days for these sites, or to view more vaccine sites, see the Vaccine Locator Map.

Other vaccine providers, such as hospital systems and some community health centers, are reaching out to eligible patients as supply allows. Other efforts are also underway to help provide the best possible access to the vaccine. For example, the State and its partners are working to vaccinate eligible Rhode Islanders who attend adult day centers, live in senior or public housing sites, or are homebound.

Municipalities - Appointments are required at all vaccination sites. 

  • Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 teachers, school staff, and child care workers at centers and family child care sites licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) are being vaccinated at municipal vaccination clinics. Some clinics are serving more than one community. School staff includes administrators, pre-kindergarten to grade 12 teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff, clerical staff, custodial or maintenance staff, bus drivers and bus monitors. Anyone who has a question about their eligibility should contact their employer (school or child care facility).

Hospital Outreach

Local Pharmacies

Limited vaccine will be available to eligible individuals by appointment only at select retail pharmacies.

CVS Health

Vaccines in a retail setting will be offered on an appointment-only basis via CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and those without online access can contact customer service: (800) 746-7287. Individuals eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations are asked to use the appropriate digital channels or contact customer service to check for appointment availability, as opposed to contacting individual CVS Pharmacy locations. Active stores will change regularly based on vaccine supply.

Walgreens

Appointments can be made at select retail pharmacies through Walgreens' updated appointment scheduler at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine or by calling retail pharmacies. 

Walmart

Walmart pharmacies will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines in several stores in Rhode Island through the U.S. Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Eligible patients must schedule a vaccine appointment via the Walmart website.

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop supermarkets/pharmacies will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines in several stores in Rhode Island.  Eligible patients must schedule a vaccine appointment via the Stop & Shop website.

Independent Pharmacies

Appointments will be made available at independent pharmacies through vaccinateri.org as supply allows.

What to expect before, during, and after my vaccination?

What do I need to do before my appointment?

  • Registration:
    • To schedule an appointment, please go to vaccinateRI.org or call the automated phone line at 844-930-1779.
      • From the vaccinateRI.org home page, click on “Find a Clinic.”
      • On the next page, you will be asked “Which services are you seeking?” Make sure you select “COVID-19 vaccination.” You can narrow your search by entering your ZIP code and/or preferred date for appointments. Click the blue “Search” button.
      • A list of sites and dates will appear at the bottom of the page. Select the site and date that works for you.
      • You will then be asked to provide your name, contact information, and demographic information. For your contact information, please include a text-enabled cellphone number.
      • If you have insurance, please provide the requested information. If you do not have insurance, you may skip this section.
    • Bring your insurance card with you when you get vaccinated so staff can check that the information was entered correctly.
    • If you have a scheduled an appointment, there is a dose of vaccine for you. Please cancel any other COVID-19 vaccine appointments you may be holding at other locations.
    • Please wear a mask and loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.
       
  • Getting to your appointment: 
    • Many vaccination sites across the state are accessible by public transportation. To view transportation routes and any possible walking distances, visit www.ripta.com and enter your travel information into RIPTA’s Trip Planner on the homepage. The website also has detailed maps and timetables for every RIPTA route. If you need help or cannot visit the website, call RIPTA’s Customer Service team at 401-781-9400.
    • Anyone enrolled in Medicaid or older than 60 can use the Non-Emergency Medical Transport Service provided by MTM. Transportation can be booked online at https://www.mtm-inc.net/mtm-link/ or by calling MTM at 855-330-9131 (TTY: 711) at least two business days before the appointment. If you are not enrolled in Medicaid, there may be a small cost to schedule a ride. For more information on the Non-Emergency Medical Transport Service, please see this FAQ sheet.

What happens at my vaccination appointment?

  • Staff at vaccination site may ask you for an ID, but this only applies to people who have one. Bring an ID, if you have one, to verify your name in the vaccination system. You can still get the COVID-19 vaccine without insurance or an ID.
  • Please arrive at your assigned time. Appointments have been spaced out so everyone can maintain social distancing. If you have an appointment, there is a vaccine for you. You do not need to worry about the clinic running out.
  • You will get a vaccination card that tells you which vaccine you got and the date and location of your vaccination. Please keep this card for your records.
  • You will also be able to make an appointment for your second dose. We strongly encourage you to sign up for your second dose while you are at the clinic getting your first dose.
  • You will be monitored for 15 to 30 minutes after your vaccination.
  • If you received a vaccine requiring a second dose, and you did not schedule your second dose appointment, and you received your first dose more than five days ago, please call 844-930-1779. You will receive help scheduling your second dose appointment.

What happens after vaccination?

  • When you receive your first dose, you should schedule your second dose before leaving the vaccination site.
  • Please continue to wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands after you are vaccinated.

Vaccines often cause our immune systems to respond, and that shows us the vaccine is working. This is healthy, normal, and expected. You may experience a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches, but they should go away within a few days. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 following vaccination, stay home, call your or healthcare provider, and get tested.

What to expect after you get your vaccine (English only): https://youtu.be/EILCpte7GSw (CDC video)

Information for the Public

Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Update