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Vaccine Availability for Children Age 6 Months to 5 Years Old
On June 18, 2022, the CDC issued its recommendations for vaccines for children aged 6 months to 5 years old following FDA approval on June 14. According to Rhode Island state officials, vaccines are expected to be available for this population beginning the week of June 26, 2022, and individuals should speak with their healthcare provider about vaccine availability and/or find a clinic at vaccines.gov.
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Children Age 5 to 11
To register children ages 5 to 11 search by Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine (5-11 Year Old) under Search By Vaccine Brand Name. Please see registrations links below or visit covidri.gov for more information.
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose
Booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J COVID-19 vaccines are available for anyone 16+ in Rhode Island.
Who can get booster doses?
The CDC and the Rhode Island Department of Health now recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for everyone age 16 or older.
When can I get a booster?
- Eligible Rhode Islanders who got two doses of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can get a booster dose (of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine) at least six months after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.
- Eligible Rhode Islanders who got a first dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine can get a booster dose (of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine) at least two months after their first dose of J&J.
Can I get a different vaccine type for my booster dose?
- Eligible people can choose which vaccine they get as a booster dose. In general, people should get the same vaccine type as their original vaccine. Getting a booster shot of any COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized or approved in the US will increase your protection against COVID-19 and its variants.
- Early research shows that mixing vaccines, like getting a first dose of Johnson & Johnson and then a Moderna booster dose, could offer better protection. If you are unsure which booster dose to get, talk to a healthcare provider or review CDC and FDA resources.
- All three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States are highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
- More information can be found here: https://covid.ri.gov/boosterdoses
Your Vaccine Questions Answered
- On the arm where you got the shot you may experience pain and/ or swelling.
- Throughout the rest of your body you may experience fever, chills, tiredness, headache.
- If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking an over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- The Rhode Island Department of Health worked with the Rhode Island Department of Human Services to put together an overview on the vaccine to help you learn more. Check out their overview provided in several languages.
- Common area languages: English | Hmong | Khmer | Laotian | Portuguese | Spanish
- Other languages: Kibembe | Kirundi | Lingala | Tigrinya | Swahili | Somali | Russian | Nepali | Farsi | Ukranian | Laotian | Arabic | Kinarwanda | Dari | Burmese | Kunama
Providence COVID-19 Clinic Information
COVID-19 vaccination clinics are available in Providence and surrounding cities and towns. Vaccines are available to anyone regardless of immigration status. Additionally, they are offered at no cost and no insurance is required.
If you are homebound and cannot make it to a Clinic, please call MedTech at 401-726-2000 to schedule your appointment.
Residents who are technologically able can register themselves for an open appointment at one of the clinics listed on vaccinateri.org. Residents are able to search by zip code to find available clinics in their neighborhood.
Please note: Internet Explorer will not work with the following links. Residents having trouble accessing the registration portal should first try to copy and paste the registration links into their browsers before dialing 3-1-1 or (401) 421-2489 for assistance.
Residents who need help booking an appointment over the phone can call 3-1-1 or (401) 421-2489 for assistance in Spanish or English.
Additional COVID-19 Clinic Information
- Residents who need assistance signing up for an appointment are encouraged to dial 3-1-1 or (401)421-2489 to speak with a Mayor’s Center for City Services (MCCS) Representative who can walk them through the enrollment process in English or Spanish. MCCS is open Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM.
- Clinics will adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines and best practices. If residents are sick or in quarantine for COVID-19, they must stay home and book a new appointment.
- To book a vaccine appointment at a Rhode Island State Vaccine Clinic or a community site, visit the VaccinateRI.org website for available appointment information.
- Homebound COVID-19 vaccinations are available at no cost for anyone who needs them (no explanation required). Call 401-332-9430. All brands of COVID-19 vaccines available.
- Visit the RI Dept. of Health COVID-19 website for more information on vaccines.
- It’s always important to speak with your Primary Care Provider if you have specific questions about vaccinations.
COVID-19 Test Sites
Through a joint partnership with the City of Providence and Curative, COVID-19 PCR tests are being offered at a Curative kiosk located in Kennedy Plaza, available Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-4:00PM.
To make a PCR appointment at this kiosk, visit Curative’s website at www.Curative.com. Kiosk hours are subject to change and are posted on Curative’s website. Individuals who cannot register themselves are asked to call the Mayor’s Center for City Services by dialing 3-1-1 or (401) 421-2489. Representatives are available to help fill out the appointment form on the constituent’s behalf in English or Spanish.
- All Providence residents can obtain a COVID-19 self-test kit by calling the Mayor’s Center for City Services at 3-1-1.
Rhode Island COVID-19 Testing Service
To make an appointment or for more information please visit covid.ri.gov/testing.
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