Call for an Appointment

Dial 844-930-1779 for the State’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment line (available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)

Frequently Asked Questions

Safety is a top priority. COVID-19 vaccines have been tested in large clinical trials with people of different ages, races, ethnicities, and people with different health conditions to make sure they are safe. No steps involving safety have been skipped—COVID-19 vaccines are being held to the same standards as other vaccines to make sure they are safe. To ensure the safety of all vaccines in the United States, there is a rigorous vaccine development and approval process. Once a vaccine is available for use, there are additional systems in place to continue to ensure safety.

Updated 4/26/21

No. COVID-19 vaccines will be provided at no cost. Those who administer vaccines may charge insurance companies a fee for giving the someone the shot, but they will not charge the person being vaccinated.

No matter where you are vaccinated (State-run vaccination site or pharmacy), COVID-19 vaccine providers cannot charge people if COVID-19 vaccination is the only service provided.

No one can be denied vaccination based on healthcare coverage or network. Providers also cannot require additional medical services to get vaccinated.

Updated 5/6/21

Please show up at your assigned time. Appointments have been spaced out to avoid crowding. If you have registered, there is vaccine for you. You do not need to worry about the clinic running out.

You don't need an ID or insurance to be vaccinated, but if you have one we ask that you bring it.

Please wear a mask and loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm. Follow social distancing guidelines at your appointment.

You will receive a vaccination card that indicates which vaccine you received and the date and location of your vaccination. If you received a vaccine that requires a second dose (e.g., Moderna or Pfizer), the card will also note the earliest date you can receive your second dose. We strongly encourage you to sign up for your second dose while onsite and receiving your first dose. After receiving the vaccine, you will be asked to remain on site for a 15- to 30-minute observation period. You can make your second appointment during this observation period.

If you received a vaccine that requires a second dose (e.g., Moderna or Pfizer), you are encouraged to schedule your second dose before leaving the vaccination site. You can make your second appointment during your observation period.  

Vaccines often cause our immune systems to respond in a way that shows 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 a healthcare provider, and get tested. 

When you get vaccinated, you’ll get a vaccination card that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you got and the date and location of your vaccination. Keep this card; this card is the best record of your vaccination.

Rhode Islanders can also 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 or 844-930-1779 for help. You can also call your primary care physician to check your vaccine record.

If you need to correct anything in your vaccination record, please fill out and submit the RICAIR COVID-19 Immunization Record Correction Request Form.

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

Information for Those Unable to Leave Their Home for Vaccine

RIDOH has partnered with Alert Ambulance and MedTech Ambulance to administer COVID-19 vaccines in the homes of individuals whom are homebound.

This at-home vaccination program is a unique opportunity made possible by the resources that are currently available and is only for COVID-19 vaccination and will only be offered for a limited time. If at-home vaccination is important to you, please consider taking advantage of this opportunity now.  

RIDOH encourages those who can safely attend vaccination opportunities outside the home to do so. If you are unable to leave your home, please contact the appropriate partner below to schedule an appointment, depending on where you live: 

Requests for in-home vaccination should be made to the following partners Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM.

 

  • Barrington: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Bristol: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Burrillville: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Central Falls: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Charlestown: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Coventry: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Cranston: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Cumberland: Cumberland EMS, Phone: 401-334-3090
  • East Greenwich: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • East Providence: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Exeter: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Foster: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Glocester: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Hopkinton: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Jamestown: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Johnston: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Lincoln: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Little Compton: MedTech Ambulance: Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Middletown: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Narragansett: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Newport: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • North Kingstown: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • North Providence: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • North Smithfield: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Pawtucket: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Portsmouth: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Providence: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Richmond: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Scituate: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Smithfield: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • South Kingstown: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Tiverton: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Warren: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000
  • Warwick: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • West Greenwich: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • West Warwick: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Westerly: Alert Ambulance, Email: [email protected], Phone: 508-944-7722
  • Woonsocket: MedTech Ambulance, Phone: 401-726-2000

Information for Those who Need Transportation to a Vaccine

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. 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. 

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