BURRILLVILLE – According to the latest data from the Rhode Island Department of Health, the percent of Burrillville residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 remains low compared with other communities in the state, at just 54.9 percent, while the statewide average has risen to 76.2 percent.
The data shows lower rates in only three out of 39 Rhode Island communities: Newport, at 54.7 percent, Woonsocket, at 50.6 and Tiverton, at 49.5.
The rate of partial vaccination in Burrillville also remains among the lowest in Rhode Island at 58.8 percent, followed only by Foster at 58.4, Woonsocket at 55.1 and Tiverton at 52.6.
Data broken down by age group demonstrates that the 65 plus age group remains the most vaccinated in town at 98.1 percent, a trend that also holds true statewide.
The town, meanwhile, has the 13th highest number of positive cases of COVID-19 per population of 100,000 in Rhode Island as of the latest update. According to data broken down by city and town, Burrillville has had a total of 71 deaths from the virus since March of 2020, and 98 hospitalizations.
The overall vaccination rates remain low, even as town officials announce clinics to provide booster shots for Burrillville’s most vulnerable residents. Those currently eligible for COVID-19 booster shots include only individuals over age 65, or with underlying medical conditions, who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago. Booster clinics will be held on Saturdays, Oct. 23 and Nov. 13 at Burrillville Middle School, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those interested in receiving a booster shot who believe that have a qualifying medical condition can view information on who is most likely to become severely ill from the virus here, and are advised to speak with their primary health care provider before receiving the dose.
Through such clinics, pharmacies and other sources, Rhode Island has administered a total of 1,487,655 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those still in need of initial vaccination can find a list of pharmacies with appointments available at https://www.vaccines.gov/.