“What is the meeting point if we all have to wait in line?” Said one Temecula resident, whose mother tried to register for an appointment online, only to say she was placed on the waiting list and Must register again later.
“It appears to be an ongoing narrative that goes from a central government to another state to a local government simply not ready and not ready to deal with this outbreak,” added Temecula residents.
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Part of the problem, according to Riverside County health officials, is that many people who are actually registered online are ineligible at their current level.
“While the vaccine clinic is open, we are accepting people for ineligible appointments,” said Dr. Geoffrey Liang of Riverside University Health System.
Riverside County is increasing the availability of the vaccine as California now requires everyone aged 65 and over to be eligible for the vaccine. This afternoon, district health officials announced clinics in places like Corona High School starting Thursday. These facilities will only offer vaccines by appointment, which should be done on the county’s vaccine distribution website.
But Dr. Liang said the collaboration with pharmacies would have to make the vaccine more widely available.
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“We think the only way we can vaccinate people in a short time is everyone’s assistance and partnership,” Leung said.
At the same time, pharmacies say they are ready to help spread the vaccine more widely. Several pharmacies in California will receive their first vaccine on Thursday.
“There are pharmacies within five miles of 90% of Americans,” said Steve Anderson, president of the National Association of Pharmacies. “Pharmacies have the capacity to meet 100 million doses of the vaccine in just one month.”
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