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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, in tandem with health and wellness, will be the most important tool in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. 

The Pfizer vaccine continues to be available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. 

At this time, you can find the Pfizer vaccine at many of the pharmacies throughout Riverside.

FDA Approval Information     Check Eligibility     Need a Ride?     Additional Vaccine Sites    


City of Riverside Opening First COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Saturday

Site north of Riverside Convention Center will offer 500 shots per day by appointment only

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – People who live and work in Riverside will have convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as Saturday, when the City of Riverside opens its first vaccination site in a large parking lot just north of the Riverside Convention Center.

As many as 500 vaccinations will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day starting Saturday, then continuing Monday-Friday starting the following week, provided the City can continue to receive consistent shipments of the vaccine from the state. The number of daily vaccinations will grow if more vaccine becomes available.

Interested parties can learn more about the vaccine and learn how to sign up for an appointment at the Riverside vaccination site by visiting https://vaccine.riversideca.gov. The website includes a link to make an appointment. Appointment slots are expected to be available by the end of Thursday.

“Vaccinations, combined with the continued wearing of a mask and adherence to physical distancing – these are the steps we need to take together as a community to reduce the impact of COVID-19,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said. “I encourage Riversiders to get vaccinated in accordance with the state’s guidelines so we can stop the spread of the virus and speed our recovery.”

The vaccination site is being created with the same company the City has partnered with to greatly increase the number of COVID-19 tests being conducted in western Riverside County.

The vaccine is currently available to people who are 65 or older or work in Phase 1A (all tiers) or Phase 1B. Anyone interested in getting vaccinated should determine whether they are part of the groups, which are shown in this chart.

The vaccine will be the Moderna product, which requires a second shot 28 days later. That second shot can be scheduled through the same website as appointments open up closer to each person’s respective 28th day. The second shot can be taken after 28 days, but never before.

Nobody will be vaccinated without an appointment. No walk-up vaccinations or on-site registrations will be permitted.

People who get appointments and are eligible because of their age should bring a photo identification card showing their birth date. People who get appointments and are eligible because of their work should plan to bring an identification badge and/or letter from work proving eligibility. No-cost parking is available.

Person who receive appointments should arrive at the vaccination site near the time of their appointment, not earlier and definitely not later. Each person will be checked in by computer, then moved under a large tent, where they will receive the shot, then be observed for 15 minutes to check for potential adverse reactions.

Everyone who gets an appointment should plan to wear a mask or face covering while at the vaccination site. Vaccine supply and appointments are limited. All appointments are subject to change due to vaccine availability. More appointment dates will be scheduled as future vaccine availability is confirmed. Check the website regularly.

The vaccination is highly recommended, even if a person has previously recovered from COVID-19 and believes they have antibodies.

For the latest information and resources regarding COVID-19 -- www.RiversideCA.gov/COVID-19

Updated 02/02/2021: The first allocation of the vaccine was Moderna, which requires a second shot 28 days later. That second shot can be scheduled through the same website as appointments open up closer to each person’s respective 28th day. The second shot can be taken after 28 days, but never before. Based on availability, future allocations may be Pfizer which will then require a second shot 21 days later. Upon securing a timeslot, a confirmation email will be sent notifying each person whether their shot will be Moderna or Pfizer.

Updated 03/22/21: The clinic at the Riverside Convention Center is being moved to the former Sears building in Riverside, 6852 Streeter Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504.


Frequently Asked Questions


What to Know

As adopted from Riverside University Health System Public Health

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require 2 shots several weeks apart, while the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine.
Yes. Until we know more about the level of protection from vaccines in real-world situations, facial coverings and social distancing will continue to be very important to prevent spread of the virus. Also, while the two current vaccines are very effective, no vaccine can protect 100% of people. Some people who get the vaccine will not generate an immune response so it will be important to continue wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing until we reach herd immunity from widespread vaccination.
It is possible to have an allergic reaction to any vaccine or medication including the COVID-19 vaccine. Serious allergic reactions from the COVID-19 vaccine are very rare but talk to your doctor before getting your vaccine if you have a history of severe allergic reactions.
Both of the vaccines currently available require 2 shots several weeks apart. It’s possible that future vaccines will only require one shot but scientists are still studying that.
Please see the Pfizer and Moderna Fact sheets on this website for information about side effects.
No, the main tests used for determining if a person is currently infected like the nose or mouth swab test will not become positive if you get the vaccine. A vaccinated person might test positive for antibodies. When antibodies to COVID-19 are found, it’s a sign that your body’s immune response to the vaccine worked and that you may have protection against COVID-19.
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization allows for adolescents 12 years of age through 15 to receive the vaccine. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was FDA Approved for those 16 year of age and older and will also be known as Comirnaty vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only approved under Emergency Use Authorization for people 18 years of age and older.
No, the vaccines should be covered by public and private health insurance. For people without health insurance there will be no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Most importantly, cover your face and mouth with a face covering whenever you’re around other people. This helps prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Always practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet from others when not in your own home and avoid people who are sick if you can. It’s also important to wash your hands frequently, particularly when you’re returning home after being out for essential activities like grocery shopping.

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Additional Resources

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente members and non-members are welcome to receive their no-cost COVID-19 vaccine at any of our COVID-19 Vaccination Walk-in Clinics.

View Locations

Additional vaccine sites in the County of Riverside:

Vaccine Finder: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

State My Turn:

Get tested for COVID-19: RiversideCA.gov/testing


COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - Kasier Permanente

Kaiser Permanente members and non-members are welcome to receive their no-cost COVID-19 vaccine at any of our COVID-19 Vaccination Walk-in Clinics.


Corona Medical Offices
2055 Kellogg Ave., Corona, CA
Monday – Friday
8:30am to 4:00pm
Moderna and Pfizer


Moreno Valley Mall
(Lower Level by Crunch Fitness Entrance)
22550 Town Circle, Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Monday – Saturday
8:30am to 7:00pm
Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson


Murrieta Medical Offices
28150 Keller Rd., Murrieta, CA 92563
Monday – Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm
(Closed for Lunch 12:30pm-1:30pm)


Indio Medical Offices
46900 Monroe St., Indio, CA 92201
Every Thursday
8:30am to 4:00pm
(Closed for Lunch 12:30pm-1:30pm)


Riverside Medical Center
10800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92505
Monday - Friday
8:30am to 7pm


Wildomar Medical Offices
36450 Inland Valley Dr., Wildomar, CA 92595
Monday – Friday
Moderna and Pfizer


Visit kp.org/coronavirus for more information or call the appointment center at 1-833-574-2273.



Riverside Connect (formerly Special Transportation)

Riverside Connect is a City owned and operated paratransit service that provides disabled residents and seniors age 60 and over transportation to destinations within the City limits of Riverside including free rides for COVID-19 vaccinations and testing.

To reserve your ride call (951) 687-8080

More info: www.Riv-Connect.com

Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce

The Coalition for Black Health and Wellness will provide free rides to ANY resident to COVID-19 testing and COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Reserve your ride: (951) 823-0175 or visit website

More info: https://riversidecountybcc.org/


FAQs for IEHP Members

  1. Will IEHP provide transportation to COVID Vaccine Clinic for IEHP Members?

Yes, IEHP will provide you (Members) transportation to a COVID vaccine clinic located in the county where you live. 


  1. How do I request Transportation?

Contact IEHP Transportation Call Center at 800-440-4347 option 2.


  1. Will the driver wait with me?

No, driver will not wait. Transportation will be provided as a roundtrip. You will need to contact the transportation provider to request a return pickup once you are ready.


  1. Can I take my family members?

IEHP will provide transportation to the member and one additional passenger. 


  1. How much time is needed  to request transportation?

We understand that vaccine appointments are given immediate. IEHP will assist with transportation to the COVID Vaccine clinic in  less than 5 business days. However, any same day request  is not a guarantee.