Riverside County expands COVID-19 vaccines for 65 and older

Riverside County residents who’re 65 and older are actually eligible to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine at a county-run clinic, officers introduced Monday.

As of Sunday, the age cutoff was 70, which was a bump from final week, when 80-year-olds had been capable of schedule appointments at county-run clinics, mentioned Brooke Frederico, a spokeswoman for Riverside County.

“These adjustments had been made based mostly on obtainable appointments remaining for this week’s appointments,” Frederico mentioned in an e mail, including that there have been 10,000 appointments left.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in mid-January that these 65 and older might obtain the vaccine. Nevertheless, shortage of photographs in lots of municipalities meant that not everybody eligible for a dose would be capable to instantly obtain one. A few week later, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis issued an executive order requiring county well being officers to open appointments to residents in that age group days later.

Sometimes, Riverside County receives 23,000 to 25,000 doses weekly. However final week, the county acquired an additional cargo of greater than 20,000 doses, Frederico mentioned. Subsequent week, it’s anticipating the identical further cargo.

“The county and suppliers will administer this complete quantity inside one week to eligible residents,” she mentioned.

County clinics are prioritizing seniors, she mentioned. Personal suppliers could vaccinate anybody who falls into one of many open tiers on the state’s vaccination schedule.

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