Registration for restricted appointments to COVID-19 vaccines in Riverside County opened Thursday for some residents, including those aged 65 and over, but the appointments were full soon after.
Registration began at noon for six upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Lake Elsinore, Paris and Indio. Eligible for limited meetings are those in Phase 1A and 1B, which includes healthcare, education and other key workers. Around 12:10, the county’s appointment seems overcrowded.
Shortly after Dr. Cameron Kaiser, a public health officer in Riverside County, tweeted that appointments were full, but said more vaccine slots were ahead.
This week, Riverside County received 26,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine to distribute to its community partners, with 3,900 of those doses used for six additional vaccine clinics managed by the county.
“This is important news for so many of our residents who are eager to be vaccinated,” leader Karen Spiegel said in a statement. “We also want your patience. We continue to have very limited quantities of vaccines and great community demand for them. The county distributes the vaccine as soon as we receive it. “
The clinics will be open from 8:30 to 16:00 and are planned as follows:
- Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23 at Diamond Stadium, located at 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore (the clinic on January 22 is only for those aged 65 and over and a meeting is required)
- Sunday, January 24 and Monday, January 25 at the Paris Fairgrounds, located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Paris (the clinic from January 25 is only for those aged 65 and over and a meeting is required)
- Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 at the Indio Fairgrounds in the Fullenwider auditorium, located at 46350 Arabia Street, Indio
The clinics will provide free vaccines; but those who show up must register before arrival, have an appointment and show proof of eligibility (service badge, company identification or proof from the employer). Medical insurance information will be required, although not required. Everyone aged 65 and over must have proof of age.
To describe the different levels of COVID-19 and to schedule an appointment, visit ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine.
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