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VAXIE (Vaccinate Inland Empire) is a volunteer organization working to help people navigate the always-changing COVID-19 vaccination system in Southern California (and beyond).

VAXIE is a grassroots organization founded to address the need to provide equal vaccine access for all. Senior citizens struggled to navigate online appointment systems; full-time employees didn’t have time to navigate the time-consuming appointment process; undocumented and homeless didn’t know where they could get vaccinated without being turned away. Rhea Hoffman and Calista Vassios saw the need arise and stepped up to create an organization that turns no one away.

This free service assists qualified individuals, especially those with work and time constraints, mobility issues, and those without computers, in scheduling vaccination appointments. What started as two friends concerned about our most at-risk neighbors has turned into a growing organization of more than 25 volunteers that has helped more than 78,000 people since February 2021.

VAXIE volunteers are not medical professionals and do not offer medical advice. In addition, VAXIE has no political, religious, or personal agenda.


Women Leader’s Forum “Women Who Rule” Awards and Scholarship Luncheon on Palm Springs Life from May 6, 2022.

Human Rights Commission presents annual Community Service Awards on KESQ from February 14, 2022.

Human Rights Commission to present annual Community Service Awards from January 5, 2022.

“Local Resident Launches Website to Help Book Vaccine Appointments” on NBC Palm Springs from February 14, 2021.

“Vaccine Volunteers Create New Website to Streamline Appointment Process” on KESQ from February 19, 2021.

“Valuable Vaxie: Two Coachella Valley Residents Noticed People were Struggling to Make Vaccination Appointments – So They Did Something About It” on Coachella Valley Independent from March 1, 2021.

“Vaccine Altruists Find Appointments for Those Who Can’t” on Desert Sun (California Healthline) from March 10, 2021.

“Riverside County may be days away from moving out of the purple tier” on KESQ from March 10, 2021.

Cientos de ‘ángeles’ ayudan a desconocidos a lograr sus citas de vacunación del COVID-19″ on Telemundo from March 11, 2021.

VAXIE Introduces Vaccine Appointment Warmline” on Desert Charities News March 12, 2021.

Vaccine Scam Alert” on KESQ from March 18, 2021.

VAXIE Info Organizers Launch Phone Hotline to Help with Vaccine Appointments” on NBC Palm Springs from March 21, 2021.

“Palm Springs Area Seniors are Done Waiting Second Vaccine Dose Invitation” on Desert Sun from March 22, 2021.



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