Registrations were briefly open for several new Riverside County coronavirus vaccination clinics scheduled from Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, January 22, officials said on Friday January 15.
But the more than 11,000 dates were shut down in less than two hours on Friday afternoon, county spokeswoman Brooke Federico said. By 3 p.m. all the clinics were full.
Due to the large number of people trying to make online reservations for vaccines, many were unable to access the county’s vaccination website, Federico added. County information technology workers were working to fix the problem and prevent this from happening for the upcoming coronavirus vaccine rollout, she said.
Federico said the county plans to offer supplemental immunization clinics soon, but she wasn’t sure when.
The vaccine has been made available to people in phase 1A – all levels – and 1B (level I), which includes people 65 years of age and over. Appointments were available on a first come, first served basis.
To make an appointment and read a description of the levels, people were invited to visit: www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine.
Vaccinations are free, but those who get vaccinated must register in advance, have an appointment, and show proof of eligibility, such as a badge, business ID, or letter from an employer . Information on health insurance will be requested.
People 65 years of age and over must show proof of their age, such as a driver’s license. Seniors who need help registering can dial 211.
Riverside County has over 175 vaccine providers. Residents are encouraged to check with their primary care physicians, emergency care, and pharmacy to see if vaccine is available there.
The following clinics will offer vaccinations between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:
- Corona High School, 1150 W. 10th St., Corona
- Heritage High School, 26001 Briggs Road, Menifee
- San Gorgonio College, 1591 Cherry Avenue, Beaumont
- Indio Fairgrounds, Auditorium Fullenwider, 46350 Arabia Street, Indio