First day of COVID-19 vaccination in Menifee: long queues
Residents with appointments waited outside the gymnasium at Heritage High School to receive a COVID-19 vaccine today. Hundreds of people lined up …
Residents with appointments waited outside the gymnasium at Heritage High School to receive a COVID-19 vaccine today.
Hundreds of people lined up outside the gymnasium at Heritage High School in Menifee today, the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were offered there.
According to an announcement made on Wednesday by the Riverside County Department of Health, free vaccinations will continue to be available at Heritage High and other listed locations. at this link. However, many struggled to secure an appointment on day one in one of the counties as the time slots filled up quickly and will continue to do so.
Health officials urge residents to continue monitoring the COVID-19 vaccine website as additional appointments are released. All were listed as full by midday today. At this point, only people aged 65 and over and essential workers as defined on the website are eligible to receive the vaccine.
There was some confusion among residents about vaccination sites because the website originally listed Heritage High as a “walk-in” site. But the site’s fire department employees explained to the crowd that although Heritage is a walk-in site as opposed to a drive-thru site, appointments are still required.
Many in line outside the Heritage Gym waited two hours or more. Regardless of the time of their appointment, residents were served on a first come, first served basis as long as they could confirm their appointment with documents, ID and / or notice appointments by email posted on their phone.
The County Health website also provided a link to community partners who also offer vaccinations elsewhere locally. This link can be found here.
Those served at the Heritage High site received the Moderna vaccine. They were told they were due to receive a second Moderna vaccination no earlier than 28 days from today.
Anyone who believes they are eligible for a vaccination in this first round of eligibility should check the county’s website. Additional sites will be added, officials said.