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The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is planning for the distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. Learn more about vaccine safety.
On September 16, the CDC released its COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook and template, requiring all US states to submit an Interim Draft COVID-19 Vaccine Plan by October 16, 2020. Read the Rhode Island interim draft plan.
Planning for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in Rhode Island is an ongoing process. Please note that this is an initial, draft plan. It represents an overarching framework for how Rhode Island will distribute vaccine once it becomes available. Like all draft plans, this plan will evolve as new information becomes available. Rhode Island’s final plan will be informed by the National Academies of Medicine, Engineering, and Science’s Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 vaccine; recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Rhode Island COVID-19 Vaccine Subcommittee; and new information from CDC and other partners about the availability and safety of various COVID-19 vaccines.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added COVID-19 vaccine content to their COVID-19 website. They share information on vaccine planning, how vaccine safety is being insured, and provide answers to frequently asked questions. These resources are intended to clarify how COVID-19 vaccine recommendations will be made and how the vaccines will be monitored for safety.
The Rhode Island Vaccine Advisory Committee is a group of external specialists that advises the Rhode Island Department of Health on immunization issues. A special subcommittee of the Rhode Island Vaccine Advisory Committee has been formed to plan for a COVID-19 vaccine. This COVID-19 Vaccine Subcommittee is comprised of epidemiologists, primary care providers, pharmacists, pediatricians, long-term care advocates, ethicists, nonprofit leaders, school leaders, faith leaders, and others. It will be responsible for developing an independent process for evaluating the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. The Subcommittee will also advise on how to prioritize distribution of the vaccine to ensure that it is done equitably, and in a way that best protects the State as a whole.