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What to expect before, during, and after your COVID - 19 Vaccination

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

What do I need to do before my appointment?

  • Registration:

  • To schedule an appointment, please go to or call the automated phone line at 844-930-1779.

  • From the home page, click on “Find a Clinic.”

  • A list of sites and dates will appear at the bottom of the page. Select the site and date that works for you.

  • You will then be asked to provide your name, contact information, and demographic information. For your contact information, please include a text-enabled cellphone number.

  • What to bring to your appointment:

  • You don't need an ID or insurance to be vaccinated, but if you have one we ask that you bring it.

  • Please wear a mask and loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm.

  • Getting to your appointment:

  • Many vaccination sites across the state are accessible by public transportation. To view transportation routes and any possible walking distances, visit and enter your travel information into RIPTA’s Trip Planner on the homepage. The website also has detailed maps and timetables for every RIPTA route. If you need help or cannot visit the website, call RIPTA’s Customer Service team at 401-781-9400.

  • Anyone enrolled in Medicaid or older than 60 can use the Non-Emergency Medical Transport Service provided by MTM. Transportation can be booked online at or by calling MTM at 855-330-9131 (TTY: 711) at least two business days before the appointment. If you are not enrolled in Medicaid, there may be a small cost to schedule a ride. For more information on the Non-Emergency Medical Transport Service, please see this FAQ sheet.

What happens at my vaccination appointment?

  • Staff at vaccination site may ask you for an ID, but this only applies to people who have one. You don't need an ID or insurance to be vaccinated, but if you have one we ask that you bring it.

  • Please arrive at your assigned time. Appointments have been spaced out so everyone can maintain social distancing. If you have an appointment, there is a vaccine for you. You do not need to worry about the clinic running out.

  • You will get a vaccination card that tells you which vaccine you got and the date and location of your vaccination. Please keep this card for your records.

  • You will also be able to make an appointment for your second dose. We strongly encourage you to sign up for your second dose while you are at the clinic getting your first dose.

  • You will be monitored for 15 to 30 minutes after your vaccination.

  • If you received a vaccine requiring a second dose, and you did not schedule your second dose appointment, and you received your first dose more than five days ago, please call 844-930-1779. You will receive help scheduling your second dose appointment.

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