92 People Receive COVID-19 Vaccine at Providence Vaccination Day of Action Clinic

Published on Monday, September 27, 2021

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Dan McKee, Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos, the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Providence Public School District, Poder 102.1FM/1110AM, Fidelity Investments, Dunkin’, and community partners teamed up on Sunday, September 26 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy to encourage student and family COVID-19 vaccination. Ninety-two people received their COVID-19 vaccine at Providence Career and Technical Academy.

The State and partners have coordinated more than 100 back-to-school and community-based COVID-19 clinics between early August and mid-September. Sunday’s event was designed to incentivize vaccination for Providence students and families specifically. Similar events will take place in the State’s cities and towns with the lowest school-aged population vaccination rates and highest community numbers of COVID-19 cases.

The family-friendly event offered entertainment by Poder 102.1FM/1110AM, a generous donation of Apple AirPods for raffle by Fidelity Investments, $5 Dunkin’ gift cards for every person that got vaccinated as well as complementary Dunkin’ refreshments, and additional home electronics raffle prizes.

“I am so proud of our young Rhode Islanders for stepping up and getting vaccinated,” said Governor McKee. “Rhode Island is a national leader in COVID-19 vaccinations with more than 87 percent of adults partially vaccinated and 67 percent of all Rhode Islanders vaccinated. We still have work to do and that work includes reaching out to our young people and their families to provide additional education on the efficacy and safety of the vaccines and to coordinate events that make getting vaccinated, which only takes a few minutes, even more accessible and approachable. Let’s vaccinate the Ocean State!”

“Providing access to working families is how we can continue to lead the country in vaccination rates,” said Lieutenant Governor Matos. “We know that vaccines work, they are safe, and help protect our loved ones. Thank you to all the families that came out and took their shot today.”

“Getting out into the community, answering people’s questions, and making vaccines as accessible as possible is key to boosting our COVID-19 vaccination rates all throughout Rhode Island,” said RIDOH Consultant Medical Director Philip Chan, MD, MS. “Vaccination remains our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and getting our school age children vaccinated remains one of the most effective steps we can take to minimizing disruptions this academic year. If you or your child (12 and older) have not been vaccinated yet, visit C19vaccineRI.org today to find out where you can your shot.”

"Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to protect ourselves and our loved ones against COVID-19," said Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. "Preventing the spread of the virus in our schools and communities will take a collective effort. To keep everyone healthy we'll continue to work with our partners to hold vaccination clinics in our schools and encourage those who have not done so yet to get vaccinated."

To learn more about vaccinations and to sign up today, visit vaccinateri.org.

For a full list of upcoming back-to-school clinics, visit back2schoolri.com.