Vaccine Information

Sign Up for the Vaccine Notification Interest List

If you are not yet eligible for vaccine, you can sign up at portal.ri.gov to be added to the vaccine interest notification list. If you need help being added to the vaccine interest notification list, call the automated phone line at 844-930-1779.

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.

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.

Survey to Gather Information for Those Unable to Leave Their Home for Vaccine

While all individuals are encouraged to seek vaccination opportunities through vaccination clinics and retail pharmacies, there are individuals who are unable to leave home to attend such opportunities. 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 form: http://bit.ly/homeboundvax.

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.

Vaccination for this group will likely begin in mid-March 2021.

Vaccination for those 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions will likely begin mid-March 2021. 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 will likely begin early to mid-April 2021.

Vaccination for this group will likely begin mid- to late-May 2021.

Vaccination for this group will likely begin early June 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

  • 100 Sockanosset Cross Road, Cranston RI 02920 (Parking behind building)
  • Dunkin Donuts Center, 1 La Salle Square, Providence, RI 02903 (Three hours free parking in North Garage at 114 West Exchange Street. Handicap accessible parking available in front of the Dunkin Donuts Center. Volunteers available to direct people to the clinic.)
  • Parking information and directions to 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 9 a.m. on Tuesdays
  • Beginning at 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.

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. 

Local and Regional Vaccine Sites

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

  • Cities and towns throughout Rhode Island have been scheduling appointments for eligible residents at municipal vaccination clinics throughout the state. To learn more about your city/town process reach out to them directly. Appointments are required at all vaccination sites. 

Hospital Outreach

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. Please avoid using a @cox.net email address when making a vaccine appointment. The system that RIDOH uses to schedule and confirm appointments does not work well with the Cox email server. For your contact information, please include a text-enabled cellphone number. If you used an @cox.net email address, please assume that you are registered and do not register for a second appointment.
    • 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:  
    • 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. 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.

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)

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.

Information for the Public

Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Update