More than 275,000 Rhode Island residents have been fully vaccinated, state health officials announced Thursday. Some half-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered over the last three months.

“Our capacity is to do 160,000 shots in any given week,” Governor Daniel McKee said during a press conference Thursday. “And I believe that we'll even expand on that.”

The state is set to expand vaccine eligibility for residents 40 and older next week. All residents 16 and older are expected to become eligible by April 19th. That’s in line with the federal new deadline for adult eligibility, which President Joe Biden announced yesterday.

The city of Pawtucket has already opened eligibility to all adult residents. The city of Providence has opened eligibility to residents 18 and older in select zip codes.

The state is also expanding eligibility to residents 16 and older in a number of hard-hit municipalities, including the more suburban communities of West Warwick and Johnston, as part of an effort to get vaccines to areas most impacted by COVID 19. 

The zip codes are: 02893, 02906, 02910, 02920, 02911, 02914, 02919.

This Friday, more than 20,000 vaccination appointments in Rhode Island are set to go live on the state’s vaccination website.

On Thursday, state health officials announced 360 new cases, with a positive test rate over the week of 2.1 percent. 154 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and one fatality was reported. 

“We’re still seeing a lot of cases in Rhode Island, often over 300 or 400 new cases each day,” said State Health Department Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott.

“19 out of 39 cities and towns had a significant increase in cases over the last five weeks,” said Alexander-Scott, and the demographics of the cases are shifting younger, to people in their 20s and 30s. 

State health officials expect 70 percent of eligible Rhode Islanders to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by May 15. Officials want 70 percent of all residents to be vaccinated at least once by June 5th. 

Those dates are also being used as targets for increasing capacity for indoor and outdoor functions. For events where food is not served, 500 people will be allowed to gather indoors and 1000 for outdoor functions, if Rhode Island meets the 70 percent threshold. The number could expand to 2000 people outdoors after June 5th. 

“We expect that there will be parades and fireworks in Rhode Island on the Fourth of July,” Governor McKee said. 

“We’re also proud to announce that proms and graduations will happen this year,” McKee said. 

The Department of Education is expected to craft guidance for these events, after a year without the traditional year-end ceremonies. Proms will likely follow the regulations for catered events, including mask wearing, social distancing, and limited dancing. 

“Basically, you can dance with your table” said RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor.

Editor's note: a previous version of this article incorrectly stated all Providence residents 18 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Only residents 18 and older in select zip codes in the city can receive the vaccination. The article has been changed to reflect that.