More Vaccines Coming to Riverside County Health Centers

February 22, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – The Biden Administration has announced more vaccines are coming to Riverside County Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Last week, Dr. Ruiz sent a letter to President Biden, requesting more vaccines for FQHCs in the 36th District after none were included in the first round of the Community Health Centers Vaccination Program. The vaccines will be distributed to two health center systems operating in Riverside County, including Riverside University Health System and Neighborhood Healthcare, which have locations in Congressman Ruiz’s district.

“I am thrilled to announce more vaccines are coming for residents in Riverside County,” said Dr. Ruiz. “The Federally Qualified Health Centers in my district can play a pivotal role in ending this pandemic. Securing this supply for our FQHCs is critical to getting vaccines into the arms of residents in Riverside County. I will continue advocating for more vaccines for my constituents.”

Background

California’s 36th Congressional District includes ten FQHCs that provide quality, comprehensive care to a diverse patient population, many of which are considered low income. The FQHCs in Dr. Ruiz’s district meet the criteria for the Biden Administration’s plan and serve more than 191,000 patients each year.

Since the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in California, Riverside County residents have faced roadblocks to receiving the vaccine due to dosage shortages. This is especially concerning given the large population of high-risk individuals.

This announcement comes after Dr. Ruiz called on CVS pharmacies in Riverside County to offer COVID-19 vaccines after being excluded from the company’s original vaccination location announcement. After Dr. Ruiz’s letter was sent, CVS Health announced it would offer vaccines at several Riverside County locations.

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