Providence creates an easy-access system to vaccinate all school-based staff
Just as Rhode Island is prioritizing COVID-19 immunizations for educators, Providence is creating an easy-access system to vaccinate all school-based staff.
Through the generous support of the Partnership for Rhode Island and Lifespan, a designated clinic has been established for six weeks at 335R Prairie Ave. in Providence, running a clinic on Wednesdays and clinics on Saturdays for public school, private school and charter school educators and staff who work in Providence.
Appointments for vaccinations are required and can be made by calling 401-444-8139. Appointment hours will be scheduled over the phone and include three shifts: Saturdays from 8:30am-12:30pm, Saturdays from 1:30pm-5:30pm and Wednesdays from 3:00-7:00pm. The vaccines involved will require two shots, with the second shot scheduled for three weeks from the first shot.
We are staggering appointments according to the schedule below. Please do not call to make appointments prior to your designated date.
- High school-based staff and Virtual Learning Academy staff may call for appointments beginning March 10.
- Middle school-based staff may call for appointments starting March 15.
- Elementary school-based staff and other support staff may call for appointments starting on March 22.
School-based staff include any PPSD and contracted service providers in our schools, including teacher assistants, custodians, food service workers and school administrators. “Other support staff” include anyone not directly located at a school. Staff members who work across grades are encouraged to align with the grade they work with most and can call to make an appointment throughout those three weeks.
CVS and Walgreens will continue to offer vaccinations to all education staff in Rhode Island, so feel free to schedule appointments through their websites. Similarly, most municipalities are setting up vaccinations schedules that prioritize educators, so you may also schedule these through your hometown or city program. You can find information on local clinics at vaccinateri.org. Lastly, the City of Providence will offer shots for residents ages 50 and older who live in the following zip codes: 02904, 02905, 02907, 02908 and 02909 at VaccinatePVD.com.
We ask that if you book an appointment at the Prairie Avenue location, you do not also book appointments through other portals. Similarly, if you have already booked an appointment through another portal, please honor that appointment and do not book a duplicative appointment at Prairie Avenue.
We are tremendously grateful to leadership and our partner organizations for building out a vaccination program to support educators.