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Riverside County says we could start moving into the next phase of vaccinations as early as next week

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Some changes might be coming to vaccination rollout plans.

U.S. health officials say they plan to release second doses of coronavirus vaccines that were being held back for booster shots. They say those vaccines will go to people 65 and older and people with pre-existing health conditions.

News Channel 3 is asking if the Trump's administration potential changes to their rollout plans will affect Riverside County's rollout plans and the speed of their vaccine distribution.

According to Jose Arballo, a representative for Riverside County Public Health, he says we could start moving into the next phase as early as next week. The county is waiting on some more supply of the vaccine and working through some logistics to start new super pods potentially at local high schools and other community partners to help speed the vaccination process.

“It’s not like we are holding back half a supply, we are using as much supply as we can," Arballo said.

We reached out to the school districts on this to see if they have any plans in the works to transform highschool gymnasiums or parking lots into vaccination clinics. Desert Sands and Palm Springs Unified School Districts say they have not heard any word on this but will let us know if they do. Coachella Valley Unified School District gave us this statement from Dr. Gandera: “CVUSD has not been contacted at this time but we look forward to having a discussion with RCPH about this possibility.”

“We have plans to expand our vaccine clinics to include what we call “super pods” that will be larger that we can do more than a few hundred," Arballo said.

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Caitlin Thropay

Caitlin Thropay is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Lifestyle Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News Leader. Learn more about Caitlin here.

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