From Tuesday, April 6, Riverside County will be offering the corona vaccine to residents aged 16 and up nine days before the state plans to do so, officials announced Monday.
“The extension will help the last of Riverside County’s last adult residents get vaccinated and bring us one step closer to herd immunity,” said Kim Saruwatari, who is currently active in the United States. The district’s health director said in a press release, “Applying the vaccine to a younger population where we have seen an increase in the number of cases is a huge step forward.”
At the same launch, Supervisor Karen Spiegel said: “There are more vaccines available now, and the exposure will help us move towards the goal of vaccinating more of the majority of our residents.”
Children aged sixteen and 17 who are eligible for Pfizer vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to schedule vaccination.Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to people 18 years and older.
In late March, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that people aged 16 and over would be vaccinated nationwide starting April 15, Californians aged 50 and over were eligible on April 1 and Riverside. The County allows certain occupations, such as grocers and teachers, for example – getting vaccinated in addition to people aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions such as cancer or severe obesity that put them at risk of serious illness, or Died from COVID-19 in particular.
Riverside County operates four vaccine clinics located in the Albert A. Chatigny S. Community Recreation Center in Beaumont; Tahquitz High School in Hemet, Heritage High School in Menifee and Moreno Valley Mall.The county also provides vaccines at six community health centers operated by the Riverside University Health System.
There have been more than 1 million vaccinations in the county, which gave one in a million shots on Wednesday.As of Monday, 31.8% of residents of the district 16 and older were partially or fully vaccinated. All of them received 17.4% of the vaccine according to the Riverside University Health System – Public Health.
To schedule a vaccination visit www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine People 65 years or older or need assistance with appointment can call 211 or 951-329-4703 Current 211 wait times are under 5 minutes by county.