Orange County staff and volunteers are preparing to open a mass vaccination center at Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday.
It joins the county’s first center opened at Disneyland last week, which handles about 3,000 appointments a day.
County spokesperson Molly Nichelson (Molly Nichelson) said: “Bring an umbrella and plan to rain. If you are in a walker, you must take these factors into account.” Staff and volunteers will be ready to help from The campus parking lot off Wood Canyon Boulevard to the nearby gym provides vaccines for visitors.
Spokesperson Molly Nichelson (Molly Nichelson) said that the county has enough vaccines and staff and is confident to launch a new Soka Super POD (distribution point) this weekend. Officials said they will not open new locations unless there are volunteers and doses to make it worthwhile. There will eventually be five sites.
However, after the Othena appointment system had a difficult start among its target users (aged 65 and older), public health officials are lowering expectations and demanding patience.
The health care agency said the appointment process this week has been “simplified”
For users who have completed registration, Othena sends emails to eligible groups at approximately 10 am every day to remind them that they can make appointments.
Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Health Care Bureau and county health officer, said that staff are considering a person’s coronavirus risk when assigning appointments. He said that the staff will also send patients to the nearest super location.
However, if users do not respond through Othena within a few hours, they will be put back into the virtual queue, Nichelson said.
She said: “They really have to pay attention to the emails they receive.”
The Health Care Bureau has set up a hotline at 714-834-2000 to answer questions about Othena, vaccine appointments, and other related issues during working hours on working days.
At this point, people who are eligible for the vaccine and want to make an appointment cannot call to ask for a vaccine, but can ask for help with registration on Othena.
She said: “We think this will make us more flexible.”
Chau recommends that elderly people who are having trouble in Othena ask their doctor or local senior center staff for help.
Chau said that super sites are not the only option. The Department of Health Care is also expanding smaller “mobile” vaccination clinics, which parachuted for a day in several elderly centers and have more workload.
At the same time, the county is still balancing the grouping of vaccines, balancing between staff and volunteers to effectively and fairly inject the vaccine into the arms of the county most susceptible to COVID-19.
In Zhou’s virtual city hall meeting with Congresswoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, Joe said that Orange County still does not have enough vaccines and repeatedly reiterated the need to allow older people to get vaccinated first. Especially those with chronic diseases, these diseases make the coronavirus more dangerous. they.
He said: “We ask the community to be patient and let us provide vaccines for the elderly over 75 and chronic disease patients over 65.” “Let us protect them first, because if they are infected, they will be hospitalized more than others. “
On Thursday, Orange County approved vaccine administrators to continue to use Moderna vaccine batch 41L20A, which was shelved by the state Department of Public Health after several allergic reactions in San Diego last week. The Heath Medical Bureau said earlier this week that approximately 5,000 people in Orange County received injections from the drug, but there were no known adverse effects.
After an investigation, state health officials stated that there was “no scientific basis to continue the pause.”