Riverside County will receive more than 25,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine over the next two weeks, and front-line health care workers will be first to receive them, with shots available to the general public likely after the start of the New Year, officials told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

“A handful of hospitals will receive vaccines directly, but the majority will come to county Department of Public Health and then be distributed,” the agency’s director, Kim Saruwatari, said. “High-risk employees will be covered first.”

“After the general and acute care hospitals are served, skilled nursing facilities will be next, then first responders — emergency medical technicians and paramedics,” she said.

Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley will receive the largest direct dispensation, 1,900 vaccines, followed by Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, each of which is slated to receive 1,140 doses, according to the Riverside University Health System.

By City News Service