Information For Everyone
HOW CAN I GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
First, you must become eligible for the vaccine. The State of Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has placed Rhode Islanders into groups, based mainly on age, but also on certain other criteria. They then placed these groups on an estimated timeline of when first doses of the vaccine will be offered, assuming certain conditions take place, such as increasing supplies of vaccines.
Click on RIDOH's timeline to see when you might be offered the vaccine.
HOW TO GET VACCINATED WHEN YOU BECOME ELIGIBLE. Similar to COVID-19 testing in Rhode Island, there are different ways to get vaccinated in Rhode Island. The three main ways that people can 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.
1. State Run Vaccination Sites are open to the public. Visit RIDOH's vaccine site for more information. As supply increases, more eligible Rhode Islanders will be able to sign up for appointments. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. The State is currently taking individuals 65 years of age and older.
2. Local Pharmacies - Limited vaccines are available to eligible individuals by appointment only at select retail pharmacies:
- CVS Health. Vaccines in select retail pharmacies 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: 1-800-746-7287. Appointments have started booking.
- Walgreens. Appointments can be made at select retail pharmacies through Walgreens' updated appointment scheduler at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine or by calling retail pharmacies. Appointments have started booking.
3. Local and Regional Vaccine Sites. As directed by the State, individuals 75 years of age (YOA) and older will be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccines as soon as doses become available. Portsmouth continues to compile lists of residents 75+ YOA only for the Portsmouth COVID-19 vaccine program at this time. Go to our Vaccine Eligibility Procedures page for frequently asked questions and to find out how to sign up for the Eligibility List.
I AM HOMEBOUND, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
The State has made a link available online if you are homebound and cannot attend any of the vaccination opportunities available. Go to http://bit.ly/homeboundvax where you, or someone assisting you, can fill out the survey information and request an in-home vaccination. For assistance completing the survey by phone, please call The Point at 401-462-4444.
We will continue to provide updates on vaccination progress and access through press releases, here on our web site and Emergency Management pages, social media sites (BEWARE: not all social media sites claiming Portsmouth's name are actually run by the Town), and notification emails regarding the vaccine timeline and COVID-19.
Please Note: The Town's phones and email have been extremely busy with requests for vaccine information.
If you left the required information by message or email, you are on our list. If something is missing, we will return your call.
Thank you for your patience!
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.