Neighborhood Booking Vaccine Appointments for Providence-residing Members and Providing Resources at Upcoming Vaccine Clinics
Monday, April 19, 2021
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island President and CEO Peter Marino to announce a Providence COVID-19 Response partnership to support the City’s ongoing response to the pandemic. Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Neighborhood) is registering Providence residents who are members of their health plan for open vaccine appointments at city-organized vaccine clinics. Neighborhood is also providing education about vaccine safety as well as facemasks and hand sanitizer supplies at the clinics in an effort to support CDC recommended precautions upon being vaccinated.
“Neighborhood Health Plan is a trusted partner who has provided tremendous support to Providence residents throughout this pandemic,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza “We appreciate their ongoing partnership as we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. With over 62,000 of Neighborhood’s members residing in Providence, we are excited by the opportunity to provide a high percentage of our residents with yet another method to register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.”
Neighborhood has already reached out to thousands of members who reside in Providence to check on their needs during the pandemic and to assist with connecting them to resources. Outreach to these members by Neighborhood’s clinical teams includes scheduling vaccine appointments for those requesting assistance.
Providence residents who are Neighborhood members and eligible for the vaccine but need help with navigating the online sign-up process for city-organized clinics, should call the health plan at 1-800-459-6019, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A staff member will be available to input information into their online system, in English or Spanish, on the member’s behalf to schedule an appointment for them.
“Neighborhood has a long history of serving Rhode Islanders who live in Providence – one of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Marino. “Leveraging strong partnerships and sharing resources are key strategies for getting Rhode Island to the other side of the pandemic and Neighborhood is happy to support vaccine initiatives like this one, with the City of Providence, that will advance the state’s ability to achieve this goal.”
This partnership is in addition to a recently announced partnership with Providence Community Libraries (PCL). Residents who are eligible for the vaccine but need support to sign up can call any PCL library location (Fox Point, Knight Memorial, Mount Pleasant, Olneyville, Rochambeau, Smith Hill, South Providence, Wanskuck and Washington Park) during scheduled hours. A staff member will be available to input information, in English or Spanish, into the online system on their behalf and schedule an appointment.
In addition to the above provided options, Providence residents ages 40 and older, 18 and older with specific health conditions outlined by the Rhode Island Department of Health or 18 and older living in zip codes 02904, 02905, 02906, 02907, 02908, and 02909 are encouraged to register for vaccine clinics through the City’s online portal VaccinatePVD.com. If residents cannot register themselves, they are asked to please call and connect to the Mayor’s Center for City Services by dialing 3-1-1 or (401) 421-2489. Representatives are available to help fill out the registration form on the constituents’ behalf in English or Spanish.
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Neighborhood) is a not-for-profit health maintenance organization (HMO) founded in December 1993 in partnership with Rhode Island’s Community Health Centers to ensure everyone in the state has access to high quality, cost-effective health care. Neighborhood serves over 209,000 members in the state with 81 percent of its membership Medicaid eligible through its ACCESS and TRUST plans and 6 percent of its membership utilizing Neighborhood’s INTEGRITY Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP). About 13 percent of Neighborhood’s members are individuals, families and small businesses who select one of eight Neighborhood commercial plans available through the health exchange, HealthSource RI. Of these members, about 85 percent qualify for federal subsidies to cover a portion of their costs. Today, Neighborhood—with nearly 600 employees and $1.4 billion in revenue—serves one out of every five Rhode Islanders. Learn more at nhpri.org.