City promoting vaccine on many fronts

City promoting vaccine on many fronts

PAWTUCKET – As some of the more willing or eager populations near full vaccination, city officials are working on fresh ways to get information to community members on how they can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Emily Rizzo, of Mayor Donald Grebien’s office, said the new efforts are a result of officials seeing supply match demand in Pawtucket.

Another citywide mailer, in multiple languages, will be hitting every household this week. The city also continues to work with Pawtucket YMCA canvassers to get information on vaccine opportunities to hardest-hit neighborhoods, along with continuing a social media effort. The mayor himself as also been out canvassing in neighborhoods with information.

Pawtucket officials continue to host webinars that are livestreamed and shared with many groups in English, Spanish, and Cape Verdean Creole, answering questions posed by the community and also highlighting the safety of the vaccine and how important it is to receive, said Rizzo.

A community vaccination pop-up site was established from noon to 3 p.m. on April 20 at Blackstone Valley Community Action Program near Payne Park in partnership with Lifespan and AccuReference Medical Lab to provide vaccinations and testing. Food was provided by the Elisha Project, and the city also provided masks.

Moving forward, the city will also be working to promote fun activities including the opportunity for someone to get vaccinated or registered for an appointment. There will also be specific vaccination clinics given at the high schools, said Rizzo.

Representatives from CVS on East Avenue last week also announced that they will now be accepting walk-up appointments as part of the effort to get vaccines to as many people as possible.

The mayor’s administration and Pawtucket City Council always prioritize two-way communication with all of Pawtucket’s diverse residents and businesses, said Rizzo. The Pawtucket Community Questionnaire serves to help better gauge the interactions the community has with City Hall services, including communications of winter storm parking information and COVID-19 information.

The survey allows staff to hear public opinion directly on upcoming projects they would like to see and the comfort level of the community on attending events with the pandemic still present.

“Overall, this survey will help to guide our communications to the community moving forward on certain issues and projects and we encourage every resident to participate,” she said.

The questionnaire, presented in multiple languages, takes less than five minutes and the only required fields in the survey are residency, business ownership, and age range to better gauge the responses.