Sign Our Petition to Protect Older Rhode Islanders
Rhode Islanders age 50 and older continue to make up 97% of COVID related deaths and 76% of hospitalizations. A statewide centralized system for information and registration, where trained live operators will best meet the needs of many in this high-risk group, is essential, particularly for those who do not have access to the internet or someone to assist them.
Tell Rhode Island’s leaders to get it right ASAP! End the vaccination chaos. Older Rhode Islanders need clarity and confidence in a system that works for them.
Prioritize Older Residents - Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 95 percent of the deaths from COVID-19 have been among people age 50 and older. That is why it is critical that older adults be prioritized to receive these vaccines and the associated appointments.
A Centralized, Equitable, Accessible, User-Friendly, Vaccination Appointment System - All consumers must have access to a one-stop means of scheduling a vaccination. This is key to ensuring transparency and effective vaccine distribution and program management. Critical elements of any system must include the elements below.
Transparency of Data and Plans Related to Infections, Hospitalizations, Deaths, Vaccinations, and Appointments–citizens deserve a weekly, if not daily, update on all data available around the COVID 19 pandemic and the vaccination efforts in Rhode Island. A centralized appointment system is key to transparency and information needed to adjust and improve any vaccination efforts. The minimum data Rhode Island citizens should be updated on must include but not be limited to:
Now, it is time to end the confusion. Lives are at stake and older Rhode Islanders remain at risk. Multiple phone numbers and websites have led to a confusing and frustrating vaccine roll out. No one should have to navigate a vaccination matrix and many have no access to the Internet.