(TNS) - Pawtucket has eliminated age restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines for residents, allowing those as young as 16 to get shots.
Providence has also eliminated age restrictions in neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic.
Pawtucket says it expects added vaccine supplies in the coming weeks and is encouraging residents to register and check its website for available appointments.
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"There is a demand in the community for vaccines, and we are very excited to encourage all residents to receive the vaccine when they are able to get an appointment,” Mayor Donald R. Grebien said.
Meanwhile, Providence announced that residents 18 and older who live in the following zip codes can now make appointments: 02904, 02905, 02907, 02908 and 02909.
“Vaccinations are effective at reducing the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, which is why it’s important to focus vaccination efforts in settings where the risks are most severe,” Mayor Jorge O. Elorza said.
Residents 18 and older in those zip codes are eligible for clinics managed by the Providence Emergency Management Agency and community partners as well as the mass vaccination site at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Elorza said.
They can register through the city's vaccination website.
Those who cannot register online can call 3-1-1 or (401) 421-2489.
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This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Pawtucket eliminates age restrictions for COVID shots; Providence drops them in hard-hit communities
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