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Another 10,000 appointments to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at Riverside County clinics filled up within 32 minutes Saturday, Jan. 23.

County officials plan to make more appointments available in the middle of next week and more each week afterward, once the county knows how many doses of the coronavirus vaccine it will receive for the coming week, county spokeswoman Brooke Federico said Saturday.

The day and time at which people can start signing up for new appointments will be announced one day earlier, she said.

This round of appointments opened at noon for clinics set for Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Jan. 29, in Corona, Menifee, Beaumont and Indio.

Thirty-two minutes is also the time it took for the last round of appointments — 3,900 appointments that opened at noon Thursday, Jan. 21 — to fill up. More than 11,000 appointments were full in less than two hours Jan. 15.

And, just like Thursday, residents expressed frustration that they couldn’t get an appointment and with the design of the appointment-making website.

Between the county-run clinics and private providers, Menifee resident John Ulrich, 66, estimated he’s spent six or seven hours at his computer, trying to get an appointment.

“As soon as it hit 12, I went to the website and it immediately seized,” Ulrich said. “I kept refreshing, refreshing, refreshing, and finally got through the process. Then I filled it out, and it was too late — that site was full.”

So he went back to the beginning, tried booking another time, and once again received a message that the time he’d selected was now unavailable.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “The reasonable thing to do would be to have a button that says ‘try another site.’”

Riverside County revamped its vaccine website after complaints about Thursday’s round of appointment-setting, but it still links to a state-run portal — which is the part causing frustration.

Federico said the county is working with state officials so their site can handle more traffic without crashing and so that people can pick a time and reserve it before filling out all of their information.

“It’s something that we know is a concern,” she said. “We have brought it up and we continue to work with the state.”

But the main limiting factor, she said, is that the supply of vaccines is far smaller than the demand for them.

While an estimated 700,000 county residents are eligible to be vaccinated, Riverside County has received just 157,775 doses, she said. About 20,000-30,000 more are expected each week, with some of that going directly to private providers.

The county is currently offering vaccines to residents 65 and older; health care workers, law enforcement, first responders and food and agriculture workers.

And that’s part of the problem, said Bill Souder, 75, of Beaumont, who tried and failed to get an appointment Saturday.

“It’s terribly frustrating,” he said. “Anybody with knowledge of basic arithmetic could see that by jumping down to 65 (in the eligibility list), the system would be overwhelmed. If you start at 75, then 70, then 65, at least some of the problems wouldn’t be so bad.”

Riverside County opened up eligibility to people 65 and older at the urging of Gov. Gavin Newsom.