COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

free COVID-19 testing in Riverside


COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Curative Info Line for Additional Questions: 888-702-9042


Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
*Please note this is NOT a drive-thru site. This is a walk-in clinic. Appointments are required.
Lot 33 at the Riverside Convention Center
3300 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501


A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initial vaccine supply will be limited, and California is making sure that these first vaccines are distributed and administered equitably. It may take some time before the vaccine is available to everyone, and while experts learn more about the protection vaccines provide, it's important to keep using ALL the tools available to help our community slow the spread. This includes wearing masks, washing hands, staying 6 feet apart, and regular testing.

At first, the limited supplies of vaccines will go to specific Tiers. As the supply of vaccine increases, those with the highest risk of becoming infected and spreading COVID-19 will receive vaccines.

Appointments are required. Please adhere to your designated time slot. Masks are required at all times.

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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. Curative Inc. operates multiple testing sites around Riverside and will continue to offer testing at existing locations while focusing exclusively on vaccinations at the Convention Center site. To schedule a test, visit RiversideCA.gov/testing.

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.

“Riverside has had great success on the testing front, working with Curative to dramatically increase residents’ ability to make informed decisions about their health and the health of their families,” Mayor Pro Tem Jim Perry said. “I look forward to seeing us replicate that success with vaccinations.”

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.


Frequently Asked Questions


What to Know

As adopted from Riverside University Health System Public Health

COVID-19 is available to Riverside residents and those who work in Riverside County who are in Phase 1A – All Tiers, Phase 1B – Tier 1 or aged 65 years and older.

  • Acute Care
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities
    (medically vulnerable individuals)
  • First Responders (paramedic/EMTs)
  • Correctional Hospitals
  • Behavior Health (psychiatric)
  • Dialysis Centers (staff)
  • Pharmacist & Pharmacy Staff
  • Intermediate Care Facilities
  • Home Health and IHSS
  • Public Health (field)/DPSS
  • Community Health Workers
  • Primary Care & Community Clinics
  • Urgent Cares (stand-alone)
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Laboratory Workers
  • Dental/Oral Health Clinics
  • Mortuary Services Industries
  • Education and Childcare
  • Law Enforcement
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Emergency Services


For workers in Phase 1a and 1b – Tier 1, an appointment and worker 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.

Vaccine supply and appointments are limited. All clinics are subject to change due to vaccine availability.

Please be sure to bring the following to your vaccination appointment:

  • An ID or driver’s license
  • Proof of eligibility for the vaccine (see below)

Acceptable Documents for Proof Eligibility (Choose one)

  • Employee badge with photo
  • Professional license AND a photo ID
  • Signed letter from employer on facility letterhead AND a photo ID
  • Payment stub with your name AND a photo ID

If this appointment is for your second dose: (Choose one)

  • Vaccine record card AND a photo ID
  • Second dose referral letter AND a photo ID
Yes! Currently there are two vaccines available under Emergency Use Authorizations from the Food and Drug Administration to protect against COVID-19. One of the vaccines is made by Pfizer-BioNTech and the other is made by Moderna.
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 vaccine’s approval under Emergency Use Authorization allows for adolescents 16 years of age and older to receive the vaccine. Because children do not generally get as sick with COVID-19 as adults do, it’s likely that children will not be among the first people vaccinated. The Moderna vaccine is 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

Additional vaccine sites in the County of Riverside: https://www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine

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

Curative : www.curative.com



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/