First shipment of new COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Riverside County

The first shipments of a much-anticipated vaccine for COVID-19 have now arrived in Riverside County — and local health officials are working with area hospitals to vaccinate thousands of first-line health care workers. In fact, health care workers at Desert Regional Medical Center were some of the earliest recipients of the vaccine today.

The total number of doses for Riverside County — both those transported directly to hospitals and Riverside University Health System public health facilities — is between 14,000 and 15,000, according to health officials.

The Phase 1-A tier will be the first group to be vaccinated and includes those healthcare workers at acute care hospitals with “direct patient contact who have potential for direct or indirect exposure.”

The next shipment of 10,000 to 11,000 vials will arrive in the County between Dec. 21 and Dec. 24.

Get Tested!
Palm Springs Convention Center offers COVID-19 testing through Jan. 29

COVID-19 testing will be available at the Palm Springs Convention Center through Friday, January 29, 2021, through the Riverside University Health System.

The testing is Monday through Friday and excludes holidays. If you are insured, your insurance information will be collected and your insurance company will be billed. You will not be responsible for any co-pay or other charges. For information about the test please call 888-634-1123 or visit

Testing is encouraged for those with and without symptoms. Expect test results in 3 to 4 days.

Location: Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N. Avenida Caballeros

Free Parking – Lot is located off of N. Avenida Caballeros

Dates & Times: Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (excluding holidays)

Please make an appointment at Here you will also find all testing site locations.