Local COVID vaccine clinics held this October: Blythe maintains county's lowest immunization rate at 28.83%

On Oct. 8, Palo Verde Unified School District (PVUSD) announced two upcoming COVID vaccination clinics for this month – both of which are free and open to the public.

“We are happy to inform you about (two) vaccination clinics being held during the month of October, both at the district office, 825 N. Lovekin Blvd.,” stated PVUSD. “Riverside Public Health will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 13(,) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available for 12 years and older, along with third booster doses for those who are eligible. The one dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will also be available for 18 and older.”

For the Oct. 13 clinic, registration is encouraged and links are available on the district (pvusd.us) and school websites. However, walk-ins will also be welcome.

“Vo Medical will hold a vaccination clinic on Saturday, Oct. 23(,) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. First and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available for 12 years and older, along with the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine for 18 years and older,” stated PVUSD. “Immunizations required for school entry such as Tdap and MMR, will be available, along with preschool screenings and sports physicals. This is a great opportunity for current 6th graders to receive their Tdap immunization before entering 7th grade next year.”

The Oct. 23 immunization date is a walk-in clinic, with no appointment necessary.

“(W)e’d like to take this opportunity to ask parents and guardians of students who ride the bus to and from school, to talk to your children about the importance of keeping their masks on at all times while riding the bus,” added PVUSD. “Your help in keeping our students and bus drivers safe and healthy is greatly appreciated.”

For any questions or additional information, contact the PVUSD office at (760) 922-4164.

Riverside County’s latest (Oct. 11) published CDP (Census Designated Places)/City Vaccine Report data notes 28.83% of Blythe’s population as fully vaccinated – continuing to be the lowest percentage among cities reported.

Previously reported fully vaccinated numbers related to Blythe indicated the following percentages:

  • May 17: 19.64%
  • June 7: 21.52%
  • June 21: 23.59%
  • June 28: 24.04%
  • July 19: 24.27%
  • July 27: 24.35%
  • Aug. 3: 24.51%
  • Aug. 9: 24.80%
  • Aug. 16: 25.12%
  • Aug. 22: 25.22%
  • Aug. 29: 26.67%
  • Sept. 12: 27.44%
  • Sept. 19: 27.65%
  • Sept. 26: 28.75%

The above percentages were also the lowest among reported cities at the time.

As of Oct. 12, Riverside University Health System – Public Health’s (RUHS-PH) available COVID data dashboard reports the cumulative case count for the city of Blythe to be 1,685 confirmed cases, 1,640 recovered and 28 deaths.

The cumulative case count for zip code residence 92225 – as of Oct. 12 – is reported at 2,057 confirmed cases with 2,003 recovered.

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

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