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Riverside Opens Large Vaccination Site

A healthcare worker at UCI Health Center is vaccinated against COVID-19. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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The first vaccination clinic in Riverside, located in a parking lot at the city's convention center, opened on Saturday.

Riverside Fire Department Captain Brian Guzzette said the city is partnering with the company Curative and its staff to administer vaccines.

“We have been allocated 500 vaccinations from the county of Riverside for our site,” Guzzette said. “We're hoping that will increase in days to come as vaccines become more available, and we believe that the capacity at that site is 1,500 a day.”

Some cities, including Los Angeles, have petitioned to receive the vaccine directly from the federal supply. If that happens, said Guzzette, Riverside is prepared to assume distribution.

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Vaccinations at the Riverside Convention Center are by appointment only. Eligible residents are those over 65, hospital workers, first responders, teachers and some agricultural workers.