Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, along with Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos made the trip to Johnston High School to provide the state with its weekly COVID-19 update on Wednesday afternoon.
In collaboration with Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, the governor also touched on the importance of the Rhode Island sports community to be vaccinated, while the school later held a vaccination clinic during the girls soccer game against Central High.
“We are here in Johnston to talk about teamwork. As we know, our student-athletes are very competitive. We want to challenge them to help us in our efforts to get shots in the arms,” McKee said. “We are doing our part to make vaccines as accessible as possible. The more vaccinations we get, the safer we are.”
During the update, McKee stated that Rhode Island is now one of only four U.S. states to hit the 85 percent vaccination rate among eligible adults, as it currently sits at 86 percent. There are still 145,000 Rhode Island residents that remain unvaccinated.
“You are there for each other through the wins and losses. The big moments and the small ones. As a team, you work together. One key piece of being a team player is caring for your teammates. All of us here, your coaches, your friends, want to be able to continue to practice together, play together, and work hard, celebrate all season long, and be ready for basketball and hockey seasons that are right around the corner,” said McKee.
Polisena added: “Close your eyes and think of somebody that you really, really love. Do you really want them getting sick because of themselves, you as a student, or someone else was not vaccinated? If you haven’t been vaccinated, especially for our youth, it’s very important because we want to beat this darn pandemic. We can, we are Johnston-strong.”