Riverside County has reached one million vaccinations in its battle against COVID-19.
Shirley Ann Gruenke, 65, of Cherry Valley, received the millionth shot in the arm Wednesday at the Albert A. Chatigny Senior Community Center in Beaumont, according to a statement on the county’s website.
“It was a surprise, but I sure thank you all,” said Gruenke, a retired nurse, in the statement. “You know, I went back and forth saying I was not going to get the shot, but when I got COVID in December and I felt sick, I said I’m ready for it. I’m getting my shot.”
Riverside County activated its Incident Management Team shortly after the fist COVID-19 vaccine became available. The team was responsible for distributing vaccinations to county residents and people who work in the county.
There are four county-run vaccination clinics and more than 230 private providers.
“Achieving one million vaccinations administered is an impressive feat considering the limited number of vaccines provided to the county in the beginning of the vaccine rollout,” Supervisor Karen Spiegel said in the statement. “As eligibility expands, we will continue our goal of reaching the majority of our population, and recovering from the pandemic.”
For more information on vaccinations, please visit: https://www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-vaccine.