Thursday, February 25, 2021        

Smithfield COVID-19 Vaccination and Response Update – February 19, 2021

 


February 19, 2021
 
Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
 
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. 
 
Rhode Island is reporting another decrease in its COVID-19 positivity rate – now at 2.2%. I want to thank our residents and businesses for continuing to follow health guidance and taking the necessary precautions.
 
COVID-19 Vaccine – Update
 
There are currently three (3) ways for those age 75+ to get vaccinated in Rhode Island:
 
  1. Local Site: The Town of Smithfield will be vaccinating from oldest resident (104) backwards to age 75 based on our vaccination waitlist beginning this Saturday, February 20th and those residents will be directly contacted to be scheduled. These clinics will be continuing every week until we get every interested Smithfield resident age 75+ vaccinated.
  2. State Sites: Register for a vaccine at Vaccinate RI or call 844-930-1779. These vaccination sites will be located at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and the Sockanosset Cross Road site in Cranston for eligible individuals. by appointment.
  3. Pharmacies (CVS and Walgreens): They are accepting reservations to eligible individuals by appointment only at select retail pharmacies. You can visit CVS (800-746-7287) and Walgreens websites to schedule an appointment.
 
For Rhode Islanders ages 65+, the state will open vaccination appointments at their two sites on Monday, February 22nd. Sign up at Vaccinate RI or call 844-930-1779.
 
For Smithfield residents that are homebound, please feel free to contact us to register for our waitlist (please note that you are homebound) and our COVID team will work to accommodate you. Additionally, the RI Department of Health has created a survey to gather information for those unable to leave their home to receive a vaccine. If you are unable to leave home to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, please inform RIDOH through the following form: Homebound Vax.
 
Our COVID Team and myself have been constantly working with state officials to obtain the necessary supply for our residents. We continue to make it our priority to vaccinate every interested Smithfield resident. Please bear with us as we work through this process together and know that it might be a few weeks before you are able to get an appointment depending on your age. The more vaccines we receive each week, the more quickly appointments will become available. At this time, underlying conditions are not a factor for receiving an expedited appointment for a vaccine. The Town is scheduling vaccines from oldest to youngest residents.
 
If you are registered on our waitlist, there is no further action necessary and you can be assured that we will contact you. We are working on this important mission in an effort to keep our residents safe.

 

 
How do I get on the vaccination wait list?
 
The Town of Smithfield is committed to vaccinating its entire population and will follow all requirements set forth by the Department of Health and federal officials. We anticipate this process to take awhile, however, the process of vaccinating our residents has begun and we will continue until we meet the vaccination needs of every residents in our community.
 
To register for the vaccine waitlist database, please use the button below or call one of the following contacts:
  • Smithfield Senior Center (401) 949-4590
  • Smithfield Town Manager’s Office (401) 233-1010
 
Once you are contacted and scheduled for an appointment, it is crucial that you arrive only at your scheduled time in order to avoid long waits and potential impacts on traffic. If you receive the vaccine through one of the alternative sites (Pharmacy or State Site) and are on the Smithfield waitlist, please let us know so you can be removed from the list.
 
For more information, visit: COVID RI – Vaccination
 
COVID-19 Testing
 
Rapid walk-thru testing is available at the Smithfield VFW (47 Farnum Pike) everyday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
 
Rapid and PCR testing is available at various other locations throughout the state for those with and without symptoms. For a list of locations, visit. To make an appointment, visit

COVID-19 Guidelines
As a reminder, the state is operating under the following guidelines:
 

Please continue to:
  • Wear a mask when outside of your home, even in the outdoors.
  • Keep your social interactions limited to members of your own household.
  • Self-isolate whenever possible. Work from home, shop locally online.
 
Business Updates
Rhode Island Commerce will be hosting a webinar on the Paycheck Protection Program on Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00 PM. RSVP Here.
 
Local Updates
The Smithfield Town Hall will be closed to public traffic until further notice. All departments will operate as normal and all staff will be available by phone, email, or the drop boxes located in the front of Town Hall. Contact Info for all departments.
 
Special Election:
There is a Statewide Special Election on March 2, 2021. Important dates:
  • February 10 – March 1: Vote Early In Person.
  • Early Voting is available at the Smithfield Town Hall M-F (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • March 2 by 8:00pm: Vote in person at your polling location.
 
We will continue to provide updates through our website, social media and other means to get the word out. 
 
 
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Randy R. Rossi
Town Manager


 
Available Resources
 
  • RIDOH COVID-19 Hotline
    •  401-222-8022 or email
  • United Way 24/7 Hotline
    • 2-1-1
  • Statewide Testing
  • K-12 Testing
  • Children’s Behavioral Health Issues
    • Kids’ Link, a service administered by Bradley Hospital/Lifespan at (855) 543-5465.
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Assistance
    • BH Link Hotline: (401)-414-LINK (5465)
    • 24/7 Walk-In Center: 975 Waterman Avenue, East Providence
  • Delivery Services for those in Quarantine
    • RI Delivers: call 2-1-1 or the Point at 401-462-4444. Visit RIDelivers.com
    • RI Thrives is available for deliveries of groceries, medication, and health, beauty & medical supplies. For more information go to: RIthrives.com.
  • Housing Assistance
    • Call 2-1-1 or visit here.
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    • Those seeking help can call (800) 494-8100.
  • Business Assistance