Riverside County has announced several new clinic dates for next week. Appointment scheduling will open at noon on Saturday.
Approximately 10,000 appointments will be available for health care workers in all tiers of Phase 1A; essential workers in Phase 1B Tier 1; and individuals 65 years of age or older, officials said. All clinics on Mondays and Fridays will be reserved only for seniors.
Clinics will be located in Corona, Menifee, Beaumont and Indio.
“This is welcome news for so many of our residents who are extremely eager to get the vaccine,” Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chair Karen Spiegel said in a release on Friday. “We are just as eager to get our weekly shipments of vaccine so we can offer more appointments. The county team is doing a tremendous job vaccinating thousands of people at these public health clinics within just a few days of receiving the vaccine.”
Complaints about scheduling, though have been common as residents, including many seniors, struggle with a finicky website and busy phone lines. The county acknowledged the problems Thursday and later changed the website link.
County officials said there was a technical issue in the website code, which was found at the same time the website opened the 3,900 appointment slots on Thursday.
The following locations will have vaccine clinics starting Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 29. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Appointments are required at all sites, on all days. On Mondays and Fridays, the locations will be open for seniors only. Tuesday through Thursday, the clinics will be open to all who are eligible — with an appointment, proof of eligibility, a valid ID and, if a part-time resident, proof of residency.
- Corona: Corona High School, 1150 W. 10th St.
- Menifee: Heritage High School, 26-001 Briggs Rd.
- Beaumont: San Gorgonio Middle School, 1591 Cherry Ave.
- Indio: Indio Fairgrounds (Fullenwider Auditorium), 46-350 Arabia St.
“If an individual cannot show proof of eligibility or does not have an appointment they will be turned away,” the county said in the release. Medical insurance information will be requested but is not required, according to the county.
The new website address is rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine. The county is advising residents age 65 or older who need help registering for an appointment to call 2-1-1, though residents have reported issues with the phone lines.
Juan Perez, the county’s interim CEO, said the county’s Office of Aging is taking names from people who call asking for help so it can follow up with them.
Public information officer Brooke Federico said the 2-1-1 system is working on adding additional call-takers, who speak English and Spanish, to handle an anticipated surge in calls for the next round of appointments. Thursday’s website issues sent an influx of people calling the county hotline, which also then crashed, she said.
Once you click the button to sign-up for an appointment, the subsequent portal is run by the state. If all appointments are booked when completing the state’s registration, users will not be able to secure a time.
Maria Sestito covers aging and the senior population in Coachella Valley for The Desert Sun. She is also a Report for America corps member and new to the desert. Please say “hello” via email@example.com or @RiaSestito.