Carden gets her vaccine

Carden gets her vaccine

CUMBERLAND – Aurise Carden, the Cumberland woman featured in last week’s edition of The Breeze expressing her concerns about being added to a town waiting list for the vaccine, said she ended up being able to get vaccinated at CVS over the weekend.

Carden said she spent about three hours on the phone with CVS last Thursday, then was back on the phone with them Friday when she landed an appointment for 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

Carden said she made a dry run to set her mind at ease, traveling to Woonsocket to see the site and finding that everything looked “safe and sound,” with a “massive freezer outside in the parking lot.”

The actual process of getting the vaccine was easy, she said, and she’s so grateful.

“I’m quite happy about it,” she said. “On Friday everything seemed to click.”

She added that all processes were running smoothly, from what she observed.

“It seems like they’re on the ball,” she said. “I think it’s a good sign for everybody.”

Mayor Jeff Mutter had stated for last week’s story that he didn’t expect many of the older residents placed on the waiting list for a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in March to have to wait that long, especially with vaccines being distributed at CVS and Walgreens.

The town started its own vaccination clinics at the Cumberland Senior Center this week, holding its first session on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Chief of Emergency Medical Services John Pliakas repeated that there were 240 vaccines allotted to the town to split between Wednesday’s clinic and another this Friday, Feb. 19.

“We’re obviously limited by the supply of vaccine we’re provided by the Department of Health,” he said.

Current clinics, open only to those age 75 and older, are running two days per week for another three weeks beyond this week to start, but all slots are full. Anyone who wants to be added to the waiting list (or make an appointment when they become available) can call 401-335-5888.

Rhode Island’s vaccine rollout remains lethargic, putting the state near the bottom of the list for number of residents vaccinated. That performance, said by some officials to be the result of seeking to vaccinate the right people first and in an equitable way, was drawing sharp criticism from incoming Gov. Dan McKee and other state leaders this week, with some 80,000 vaccines delivered to the state but still not administered as of Monday.