Riverside County to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those 16 and older

Riverside County health officials are expanding the eligibility for those who want to get vaccinated at the four county-run clinics to those 16 and older, effective Tuesday, April 6. Those who are 16 and 17 who are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to get vaccinated. Moderna and the Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available to those who are 18 years old and older.

“The expansion of eligibility will allow the last large group of Riverside County adult residents to get vaccinated, and bring us one step closer to herd immunity,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside University Health System-Public Health. “Bringing the vaccine to a younger population, where we have seen an increase in cases, is a big step forward.”

More than one million vaccinations, both first and second doses, have been administered to Riverside County residents through the county-run clinics and those operated by the nearly 200 community providers.

The county-run clinics are located at the Albert A. Chatigny Sr. Community Recreation Center in Beaumont, Heritage High School in Menifee, Tahquitz High School in Hemet, and the Moreno Valley Mall. There are also clinics at six community health centers operated by Riverside University Health System that are allowing those 16 and older to be vaccinated.

To make an appointment, visit www.rivcoph.org/covid-19-vaccine. Individuals who need assistance making an appointment can call 2-1-1.


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