County COVID vaccine clinic returns to PVHS: Eligibility expanded for residents

“To make an appointment or to see a list of eligible jobs categories and underlying health conditions that qualify, (visit:) www.rivcoph.org/covid-19-vaccine,” stated Riverside County. “Those who need assistance to make an appointment can call 2-1-1.”

On April 5, Riverside County announced and expanded eligibility for residents' COVID vaccination.

"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)," stated Riverside County. "The change will open vaccine eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Riverside County residents (...) 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 & Johnson vaccine are available to those who are 18 years and older."

On March 30, Palo Verde Unified School District (PVUSD) issued an update with appointment registration links provided on this week's Riverside University Health System – Public Health (RUHS-PH) April 6-8 vaccine clinic in Blythe at the Palo Verde High School (PVHS) gym.

As previously stated, the update was published on the Times' social media and official website ahead of this hardcopy issue.

"The April 6 clinic is for those who are eligible to receive the second dose of the Moderna vaccine," stated PVUSD. "Those who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine on March 2 will receive an email from Riverside County Department of Public Health with a unique link to register for their second dose."

It should be noted, the April 6-8 Blythe dates will only be for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine variants – both of which an eligible resident is required to be 18 years of age or older for administration.

"The vaccine being offered on April 7 and 8 is the one-dose Johnson (&) Johnson," stated PVUSD on March 30, before the April 5 Riverside County new eligibility expansion announcement. "Registration links for both days are posted on the District (pvusd.us) and school websites. Seniors who need assistance with making an appointment, can call the Riverside County Office on Aging at 951-867-3895. Thank you(.)"

As of 9:10 a.m. April 6, 377 appointment slots remain available since being originally and publicly announced on March 30.

The morning vaccination appointment slots for April 7 have been filled.

Provided registration link for the afternoon April 7 appointment slots:

caprepmod.org/reg/8012392369

Provided registration link for the morning April 8 appointment slots:

caprepmod.org/reg/2319296033

Provided registration link for the afternoon April 8 appointment slots:

caprepmod.org/reg/3931620492

“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,” stated Riverside County.

In Blythe, RUHS-PH’s first vaccine clinic (in February) saw 1,387 doses administered and the second (in March) seeing 2,098 (687 first doses; 1,411 second doses).

All 92225-specific – free, of no cost – COVID vaccination clinics in Blythe thus far have seen a slow appointment registration response to immunization from those eligible in the community.

As of April 6, RUHS-PH's available COVID data dashboard reports the cumulative case count for the city of Blythe to be 1,372 (cumulative) confirmed cases; 1,342 recovered; and 22 deaths.

The cumulative case count for zip code residence 92225 – as of April 5 – is reported at 1,659 (cumulative) confirmed cases; 1,626 recovered.

Both figures exclude case count numbers of the two area California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) prisons.

Data for the city of Blythe’s COVID-related deaths (22, as of April 6) further reports the age breakdown as 2 in the range of 18-39; 8 in the range of 40-64; 7 in the range of 65-79; and 5 in the range of 80 or over.

Twenty of Blythe deaths’ ethnicities are listed as Hispanic/Latino, with one listed Other/Unknown and one as White.

Blythe’s COVID-related death gender percentages are reported as 50% female, 50% male.

For the latest Blythe-area COVID cumulative case, recovery, and death statistics, visit:

rivcoph.org/coronavirus

“To make an appointment or to see a list of eligible jobs categories and underlying health conditions that qualify, (visit:) www.rivcoph.org/covid-19-vaccine,” stated Riverside County. “Those who need assistance to make an appointment can call 2-1-1.”

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