Woonsocket Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Program for Senior Residents 75 and Over

WOONSOCKET, R.I.: Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Fire Chief Paul Shatraw and EMA Director Timothy Walsh today announced that Woonsocket is rolling out a program to vaccinate residents for COVID-19 at a community vaccination POD (point-of-distribution) center. In accordance with the Rhode Island Department of Health’s vaccination protocol, initial limited supplies of the vaccine received from the State will only be distributed to Woonsocket resident seniors who are at least age 75 and above due to their higher risks of COVID-19 infection. The City’s first weekly allocation from the State of 290 doses of vaccine will be distributed to eligible seniors on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Eligible Woonsocket seniors are asked to register to be placed on a waiting list from which they will be notified when it is their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Registration for placement on the waiting list can be done on the City’s website at https://www.woonsocketri.org, or by calling the Woonsocket Senior Center during the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 401-766-3734 should you not have access to a computer. Once registered on the waiting list for this two- vaccination process, all eligible seniors will be contacted by a representative of the City to schedule their vaccination dates and times for both their first and second vaccinations. Registration is for Woonsocket residents only, and participants will be asked to present proof of identity, residence, and age at the time of vaccination.

Mayor Baldelli-Hunt stated, “Initial supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State are very limited and we will first be allocating these vaccines to our most COVID-19 susceptible senior residents in the most equitable manner possible.” The Mayor added, “It has been a long, difficult year for our residents and businesses, but the COVID-19 vaccines represent a light at the end of the tunnel, and I am very happy that our most vulnerable senior population aged 75 and above is now in line to receive their vaccinations.”

Fire Chief Paul Shatraw explained, “The supply of the vaccine to Woonsocket from the State is restricted right now, but the more supply we receive each week, the more vaccination appointments we will book.” The Chief advised, “We want all of our seniors who are eligible to receive the vaccine to sign up on the waiting list because we will soon be contacting everyone on that list for a future vaccination appointment.” The Chief concluded, “If you know any Woonsocket senior who is 75 and over, please share with them that they need to first register for the COVID-19 vaccination waiting list either on the City’s website or via the Senior Center’s phone number. We cannot emphasize enough that no vaccinations will be given to individuals who have not registered and booked an appointment.”

The City’s community vaccination POD is at the former Monsignor Gadoury School on 1371 Park Avenue. Entrance to the POD will be through the back door from the school’s rear parking lot. To keep the vaccination process orderly, please do not show up at the POD more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled vaccination time. Individuals who show up for their vaccination before then will be asked to wait in their car until 15 minutes prior to their scheduled vaccination time.

A third COVID vaccine could hit the U.S. market soon. Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine is being endorsed by F-D-A staff for emergency use. It could get the F-D-A's official stamp of approval after an advisory committee reviews the company's emergency use authorization request on Friday.        Tiger Woods is recovering from surgery after being injured in a car accident yesterday morning. Doctors reportedly inserted a rod and screws in his right leg below the knee to stabilize what they called multiple open fractures in the two main bones in the lower leg. The crash also broke bones in the 45-year-old's right foot and ankle.       The nearly two-trillion-dollar stimulus bill is drawing criticism from House Republican leaders. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the Democratic measure is "too costly, too corrupt and too liberal," while Minority Whip Steve Scalise [[ skall-EESE ]] called it a liberal wish list. Meanwhile, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a relief package providing 600-dollar stimulus payments to low-income Californians.       Bruce Springsteen is having some of his drunk driving charges dropped and is pleading guilty to a lesser charge. Springsteen appeared in court by video conference on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area after allegedly drinking with fans at a parking lot in Sandy Hook, New Jersey back in November. The rocker pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area and was fined 540-dollars.       The House is assessing the mental health impact and physical damages following the January 6th Capitol attack. Democrat Tim Ryan of Ohio said Congress cannot "militarize" the Capitol in response to a ransacking of representative democracy. Republican Jamie Herrera Beutler [[ butler ]] of Washington state said Congress should assess what needs to be repaired, while also preserving marks from that day as a historical reminder.       Ghost restaurants are on the rise due to coronavirus. These are delivery only kitchens that may operate out of another brand's location. Restaurant tech expert Kristen Hawley says one kitchen might be operating as a chicken, pizza, burger and salad restaurant all at the same time.