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Rhode Island expands vaccine eligibility to all 16 and older

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has opened coronavirus vaccinations to all residents 16 years old and older. 

The state expanded vaccine eligibility on Monday. Also starting Monday, residents can get free rides to and from vaccination appointments through the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.

Residents can go to www.ripta.com to find the best route to take them to a site. People who need fixed-route rides can contact RIPTA’s customer service team to provide their appointment information.

More than 327,000 people in the state have now been fully vaccinated, or more than 30% of the state’s population, although people who work or go to school in the state are also eligible to get a vaccination.

Officials said last week that the state remains on target to meet the goal of having 70% of the population partially vaccinated by mid-May, and 70% fully vaccinated by early June.

 

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