Brian Amaral, Providence Journal

Brian Amaral

Providence Journal

Mountain View, CA, United States

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Past articles by Brian:

Thanks to vaccine, flu baby Ethel Rubinstein, 101, can soon meet her pandemic baby great-grandson

Ethel Rubinstein, 101 and "precious cargo" to her large family, got her first dose of COVID vaccine Wednesday, and hopes to soon meet her 7-month-old great-grandson. → Read More

RI loosens rules on businesses as COVID crisis eases, but keeps eye on variants

Beginning Friday, the state will allow more people to dine at restaurants together and raise capacity restrictions on gyms, offices and weddings. → Read More

CVS will start offering vaccines in Johnston and Providence this weekend

The in-store vaccinations will be by appointment only. → Read More

RI lags every other state in making seniors eligible for vaccines, report says

Every other state in the country has been quicker to prioritize COVID vaccine recipients by age than Rhode Island, according to The New York Times. → Read More

RI yet again tells people to stop sharing vaccine registration links

Rhode Island is once again struggling with people eligible to receive the vaccine sharing their links to set up appointments with friends and family. → Read More

CVS will start giving shots at 4 RI locations

Additionally, the Health Department reports that it gave first doses of vaccine to nearly 4,000 seniors over the weekend. → Read More

2 Providence men sentenced to prison in straw gun buying scheme

Theodore Braxton and Ralph Gbaie, both 31, pleaded no contest last week in Providence County Superior Court, according to AG Peter Neronha. → Read More

'Most unorganized thing the state has done': Some local leaders pan senior vaccine rollout

The state has left it to city and town officials to figure out which seniors get the limited doses that are being made available. → Read More

New Providence police major to 'uplift the voices of our community'

The job will be posted publicly. The person will focus on training, recruitment and diversion programs. → Read More

Vaccinations continue at RI prisons

60% of ACI staff have gotten at least one COVID vaccine shot. → Read More

RI’s next vaccine phase will be announced Thursday. Here’s who’s asked to be moved up.

The state has fielded letters from groups representing ride-share drivers, acupuncturists and broadcast journalists, among others. → Read More

Neronha wants answers on hospitals vaccinating their board members

The hospitals say they were following Health Department guidance. AG Neronha wants them to provide more details about their practices. → Read More

McKee considers changes in RI's vaccine priorities as transition accelerates

The lieutant governor announced his transition team on Saturday as he prepares to take over as governor sooner than expected. → Read More

92% of residents, 60% of staff at RI Veterans Home have taken first COVID vaccine dose

The uptake rate climbed after the second round of shots, but not significantly. → Read More

ACLU says Providence police must do more to make sure body cameras are used

A letter from the organization cites three recent high-profile cases where officers failed to activate their body cameras. → Read More

Ministers Alliance marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with online event

Speakers tried to put the difficult events of 2020 into context, while honoring scholarship recipients. → Read More

RI House session canceled after virus cases among staff

A Thursday session was still scheduled to take place. → Read More

As many seniors wait, RI hospitals offer COVID vaccines to low-risk employees, board members

From lab techs to top administrators to media relations specialists. they're getting shots that are still in short supply across the country. → Read More

Officials want more Rhode Islanders to know about this promising COVID treatment

Currently, anyone in Rhode Island who wants the treatment and qualifies for it can get it. → Read More

Feds tell states to vaccinate all people 65 and older now, but RI disagrees

Federal officials on Tuesday accused some states of micromanaging, slowing the delivery of vaccines to the most vulnerable. → Read More