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Riverside County seniors 65 & older and more essential workers can get Covid-19 vaccines Thursday


In Riverside County, people 65 years and older can start getting their coronavirus vaccine Thursday, along with adults of all ages if they work in education, law enforcement, food and agriculture, and emergency services.

That group makes up Phase 1B in the county's vaccine distribution framework. People in all tiers of Phase 1A can also be vaccinated.


  • For employees in Phase 1A and 1B – Tier 1, an appointment and employee ID badge/letter from place of employment required or you will not be vaccinated
  • For those 65 years and older, an appointment and ID is required.

Vaccines will only be given out to those who made appointments ahead of time. You can find the latest information on vaccination distribution, including locations and how to register at

Those 65 and older who need assistance making an appointment can call the Riverside County Office of Aging at 800-510-2020 or 2-1-1.
(UPDATE 1/14/21 - Appointments are currently full and phone lines are busy. We will continue to check for updates on new appointments)

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The clinics will provide vaccines free of charge, however, you will be required to register prior to arrival and show proof of eligibility (badge, business identification, letter of proof from employer).

Medical insurance information will be requested.

A clinic was opened Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Indio Fairgrounds. This location will be a walk-up clinic. You still need to register to be vaccinated.

A drive-up clinic in Lake Elsinore opening on Saturday will be exclusively for those 65 years and older ONLY.

Locations available to sign-up

Other providers are offering vaccinations including pharmacies at Albertsons and Ralphs grocery stores.

This comes after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state is immediately allowing residents 65 and older to get scarce coronavirus vaccines.

Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing updates.

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For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, call 833.422.4255 or visit You may also email:

You can also watch a special edition of News Channel 3 at 6:30 p.m. in which top local health experts answer your coronavirus vaccine questions.

Watch the special Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on CBS Local 2 and Fox 11.

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