A Milestone Vaccine Dose and Free Bus Services to Vaccine Clinics

Apr 1, 2021

Shirley Ann Gruenke, 64, of Cherry Valley received Riverside County's one millionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Credit Submitted/County of Riverside

Riverside County partners gave the one millionth COVID-19 vaccination dose at a clinic in Beaumont Wednesday. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports.

The milestone dose was given to 65-year-old retired nurse Shirley Ann Gruenke of Cherry Valley.

“It was a surprise, but I sure thank you all,” said Gruenke, in a news release. “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 currently operates four vaccination clinics and has more than 230 private partners also giving the vaccine. They also operate six mobile clinics in hard to reach communities.

In neighboring San Bernardino County, efforts to expand vaccine access now includes a free bus service to the area’s two biggest vaccination sites. Starting Monday, April 5, Onmitrans will provide a wheelchair accessible shuttle service to the Ontario Convention Center and Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino.

Both counties are now vaccinating all adults age 50 and older.