If you want the coronavirus vaccine in Riverside County, don’t rely only on the county to provide it for you.
County officials are warning that demand is high and their supply is low.
The county noted in a weekend news release that there are more than 2.4 million Riverside County residents, including about 343,000 age 65 or older.
More than 700,000 people are eligible to receive the vaccine in Riverside County, but the county only got 114,000 doses of the vaccine.
Almost 80% of those have been distributed to hospitals, doctors, clinics and pharmacies to vaccinate eligible county residents, according to the county.
“This is not a volunteer issue. This is not a venue issue. This is a vaccine issue,” Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Karen Spiegel is quoted as saying in the release. “We’ve had plans in place for mass distribution for some time. Plans and places are not the concern. We do not have enough vaccine available to meet the demand.”
Evidence of the high demand: More than 11,000 vaccination appointments were snapped up in less than two hours Friday afternoon, Jan. 15.
County clinic appointments are currently booked until Friday, Jan. 22, according to the county.
Riverside County officials are urging residents to contact their doctor, urgent care facility or pharmacy to find out if they’re an approved provider and when they expect to have doses.
For a complete list of Riverside County providers, along with information on where doses have been allocated, visit RUHealth.org/covid-19-vaccine.