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Reps. Issa and Calvert Request HHS to Provide Additional Vaccine Allocations to Riverside County

March 1, 2021

Washington, DC — Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) and Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging direct allocation of COVID-19 vaccination doses to the Riverside County Health System, and released the following statements:

“Riverside County has received a disproportionately low allotment of COVID-19 vaccinations to date,” said Rep. Issa.  “I thank my friend, Rep. Calvert, for working together to advocate for Riverside to be included in the federal HRSA program that will help our communities receive their fair share of vaccine doses.”

“We must address the fact that the demand for vaccines in Riverside County among eligible populations continues to outpace supply,” said Rep. Calvert. “Rep. Issa and I share the concerns expressed by Riverside County officials about the vaccine allocations they are receiving from the state. Getting vaccination doses directly from the federal government would help our underserved residents while the county attempts to receive a more equitable allocation from the state.”


Riverside County Health System was recently notified by HHS that it was included in a group of 250 health centers being considered to participate in the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The program would directly allocate vaccines from the federal government to identified eligible entities.

HRSA will make its final determination after examining the health centers’ interest in participation, a review of their ability to readily receive doses, and staffing capabilities for distribution of vaccines. If a center has met all qualifications, they will be notified of their ability to make an order. 

Read more about the program here and read the joint letter here.

Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.


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