Tuesday, May 18, 2021        

Smithfield COVID-19 Vaccination and Response Update – April 30, 2021


 

April 30, 2021
 
 
Dear Residents, Businesses, and Community Partners:
 
Rhode Island’s percent positivity rate, as it relates to COVID-19, is down from last week, now 1.9% (2.3% last week).
 
Rhode Island has now administered over 881,000 vaccines. The fastest way to end this pandemic and safely re-open our economy is by getting vaccinated. If you are 16 years of age or older, book your appointment today on VaccinateRI.org or call 844-930-1779 or 211. 
 
Starting this week, three state vaccination sites now offer walk-up vaccinations (Sockanosset Cross Roads in Cranston, Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, and 1400 West Main Road in Middletown). 
 
The Town of Smithfield will be hosting a vaccination clinics for all students 16+ (public, private and Bryant University), Fidelity Employees and all other staff and their families. These first dose Pfizer vaccine clinics will take place at Smithfield High School (90 Pleasant View Avenue) on Monday, May 3rd from 2pm – 5pm.
 
 To schedule an appointment please use the links below:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Current Eligibility: All Rhode Islanders ages 16 and older, and those that work in R.I. are eligible.
 
Options for Rhode Islanders 16+ to be vaccinated:  
  1. State Sites: Register for a vaccine here or call 844-930-1779.
  2. Regional Sites: Located in Johnston (Smithfield/Johnston), East Providence and Westerly. Appointments are required. Visit VaccinateRI.org.
  3. Pharmacies: CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Stop and Shop, and independent pharmacies.
  4. Lifespan Clinic and Care New England Clinic

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine: RIDOH will resume the administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. This decision was made following the recommendation last week by the FDA and the CDC. Learn more about this in RIDOH’s press release.

Transportation: R.I. Public Transit Authority is offering free fares to those going to and from vaccination appointments. People with vaccine appointments can email CustomerService@RIPTA.com or call 401-781-9400.
 
Vaccines for Veterans: The Providence Veterans Medical Center is hosting a drive through vaccination clinic on May 1st from 9am-3pm at the Medical Center on Chalkstone Avenue, Providence. Sign up here. For more information click here or call 401-273-7100 ext. 16226.
 
Homebound Vaccinations: Those that are homebound and filled out the state’s survey may receive calls from one of these three vendors: MedTech, Alert Ambulance, and PACERI, in order to schedule at date/time to receive their vaccination at the address they provided. If you are homebound and have not requested a vaccine, please do so through this survey: HomeboundVax.
 
For more information, visit: COVID RI – Vaccination.
 
COVID-19 Testing
Please consider getting tested on a weekly basis. Rapid and PCR testing is available at various locations throughout the state. 
 
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
 
Re-Opening Rhode Island:
For the latest guidance through May, click here. Starting, Friday, April 30th fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to wear masks outdoors. The Governor announced that state beaches will open at full capacity by Memorial Day weekend, with select beaches opening May 15th.
 

Grants and Assistance
 
Housing Assistance Program
Rhode Island Housing has a statewide rental assistance program – RentRelief RI – for tenants and landlords who have been hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now open: RentReliefRI
 

Shuttered Venue Operators:

Grants available through the U.S. Small Business Administration  for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums, movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers, and talent representatives. For more information click here.

FEMA Funeral Assistance
FEMA is accepting applications for a Funeral Assistance Program for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Visit their FAQ page for more details here
 
Local Updates
Beginning on Wednesday, May 5th the Town Hall will reopen with regular hours M-F. The building will be accessible through either the front door or the side ramp at the rear of the building. All visitors are asked to wear a mask, use the temperature sensor and keep their visits to 10 minutes or less. Contact Info for all departments.
 
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
  • Re-Opening Guidelines
  • Statewide Testing
  • K-12 Testing
  • COVID-19 Business Testing Contact Center
  • American Red Cross
    • (833) 492-0094
  • 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