Rate of vaccination administered in Riverside County jumps to more than 75 percent

Nearly 77 percent of doses received to Riverside County have been administered to county residents, continuing an upward trend that started weeks ago.

As of Jan. 28, Riverside County had received 193,875 COVID-19 vaccine doses and 149,079 had been administered at county-operated clinics and community partners, according to county health officials. The 76.9 percent is a sharp improvement from a week ago when the county’s rate of vaccine administration was 46.8 percent.

Riverside County’s vaccination rate is higher than the state average of around 50 percent, according to RUHS-Public Health. The county is operating various vaccine sites – both walk-up and drive-thru – at clinics stretching from Corona High School in the west to the Indio Fairgrounds in the east, and mobile clinics that target hard-to-reach populations like farmworkers.

“Through the county team’s hard work and dedication, these vaccines are distributed to partner agencies or administered at a public health clinic within days of receiving them,” said Board Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “This collaboration between the county and our vaccine providers has been critical in getting more vaccines administered to our residents.”

The county’s recent efforts have focused on providing vaccines to the most vulnerable population, including those 85 years and older. Several community partners, including hospitals, medical groups, and grocery stores, have recently stepped up their efforts and opened clinics and appointments to those who qualify. Some community partners have opted to return some of their allotment back to the county, which then made those vaccine doses available to other partners or was used at the public health clinics.

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