Governor Dan McKee
Governor Dan McKee. Photo courtesy of Governor Dan McKee Facebook Page

Governor Dan McKee will announce a new statewide vaccination initiative for teachers, school staff and child care providers, according to a media advisory received today from the Governor’s office.

The announcement will be made at 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 9 at St. Anthony’s Parish Center, which is Pawtucket’s municipal vaccination clinic.

Expected to be on hand for the announcement are;

  • Governor Dan McKee 
  • Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien
  • Rhode Island Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott
  • Tom McCarthy, Executive Director, COVID Response, Rhode Island Department of Health 
  • Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green 
  • Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals President Francis Flynn
  • National Education Association Rhode Island President Lawrence E. Purtill
  • Pawtucket Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl McWilliams
  • Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Gerard Charbonneau
  • Pawtucket Teachers’ Alliance President Ronald Beaupre

Currently healthcare workers, first responders, congregate settings, those 75+ years of age, and those 65-74+ of age are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Rhode Island based on Rhode Island’s vaccination timeline and if they live, work, or go to school in Rhode Island.

For more information on vaccines and eligibility, visit

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