On Wednesday, January 13, many cars and social crowds gathered in the Toy Story parking lot in Disneyland. Hundreds of people lined up to buy coronavirus vaccines at the first mass vaccination site in Orange County, which is Chao County. A key step for the leadership’s new goal, which is to provide 1.5 million vaccines per month.
The opening of the tent site marks a new chapter in Orange County’s fight against the coronavirus, as people 65 and older, especially those with underlying health conditions, may be more susceptible to severe COVID-19 Cases can be vaccinated at the beginning of the county’s next broader vaccination campaign, that is, “action independence”. Frontline health care workers are also still vaccinated.
The Super POD (distribution point) site near Katella Avenue and Highway 5 in Anaheim near Orange County is planned in the next few weeks. The first of the four sites is planned. This is just a branch of health providers vigorously promoted by public officials and the private sector to immunize enough Orange County residents to begin lifting the lockdown rules and returning to normal life by July 4.
OC Health Care Director and County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau said on Wednesday: “The COVID-19 is coming to an end.” He said against the backdrop of long white tents and masked people waiting in line for vaccines.
Chau said that as Orange County has increased its limited Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine inventory, the Super POD structure will allow easy expansion to meet demand.
Although officials are aware of the strong demand for vaccines, there will be limited time for appointments starting through the county’s Othena.com (a phone application and website dating system developed in cooperation with CuraPatient).
Officials tried to make it clear that the county’s campaign is not the only option for vaccination, and suggested that now eligible residents can contact their doctors and medical staff.
“I want to clarify, because there is a lot of confusion, this county is not the only health institution that can provide vaccines. In fact, 80% of the vaccine doses provided are directly provided (by the state) to different health care systems.” Olam Said Andrew Do, Chairman of the County Supervisory Board.
Chau said the Health Care Agency recently sent a letter to private “certified” health networks, warning them that the county is ready to advance to people 65 and older, and “encourage them to follow us.” .
The new situation in the shooting competition has not been smooth sailing, as many healthcare professionals and senior citizens said they should be able to use the county’s new Othena system or make appointments through their doctor’s office and report the problem. and so. Long queues have been seen in other smaller distribution sites that already exist.
County leaders and health officials said on Wednesday that the work has just entered the second phase, asking the public to forgive any troubles, while outlining the ambitious goal of achieving the Independence Day finish line in the coming months.
“We have plans, facilities, staffing, and will to do at least 1.5 million vaccinations per month,” the four-district chief George Chafee, who called on President-elect Biden to issue 4 million shots of Orange County to meet the aforementioned final The goal is to vaccinate 2 million people with two doses of the vaccine-it is estimated that the population of the county is less than 1 million, which is the reason for vaccine hesitation and other obstacles.
Tell people not to visit Disneyland or other previously operated vaccination sites without an appointment. Officials say people who have not dated will be turned away and will only slow down the system.
Chau said: “Before we get more vaccines, I will ask you to wait patiently and give vulnerable elderly people with chronic diseases the opportunity to get the vaccine first.”
Deanne Thompson, a spokesperson for the county’s vaccination team, said that of the 60,000 people who registered through Othena on Tuesday night, 10,000 appointments were booked at the Anaheim factory opening window from Wednesday to Friday. She said the goal this week is to take 3,000 doses a day.
“There were six times as disappointing appointments. It wasn’t because the system didn’t work. It was because there was no vaccine,” Thompson said.
Thompson said: “Once the vaccine supply is replenished, more appointment windows will open.” “The whole structure now depends on the supply. We know what we are doing, we only need the vaccine.”
In addition to developing agreements for four other super POD sites, county officials also plan to design smaller “mobile” PODs for some of the worst-hit communities.
The county’s ultimate goal is to conduct 7,500 to 8,000 vaccinations per day at each Super POD site. Joe said that ideally, these five locations combined would take 40,000 doses per day.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Orange County and its internal health network have been allocated 170,000 doses.
He said that the health care facility itself has 42,000 doses of medicine on hand, about half of which arrived on Monday. The agency expects to deliver another 35,000 vaccines next week.
According to the latest data on Friday, January 8, all care providers in Orange County in the United States have received approximately 56,000 vaccines.
In recent days, public health officials at the local, state, and federal levels have decided to start the next phase of the national vaccine, because a group of people on the front line of health care want the vaccine to begin to dry, and those at the height of the pandemic , Coronavirus is more likely to be hospitalized and continues to put pressure on the health system.
On Wednesday, Disneyland’s parking lot is the main attraction of the closed theme park. Visitors with dates drove through the entrance, parked, walked to the check-in station and waited in line. After being vaccinated, they were sent to a recovery and observation tent, and medical staff monitored them for allergic reactions and other side effects.
This process takes about half an hour on average. Some people waited in their cars until they were called.
To say that such a large operation may require several months of planning, but county staff, county fire department, Disney and Anaheim staff completed the plan within a few days.
The public is also advised not to “break the system” by overloading Othena or showing up at the vaccination site without an appointment.
“Although we are still facing difficult months, but these vaccines and more vaccines will be put into use in the near future, we will win and overcome the biggest challenge facing this generation.”
The first day of the Disneyland parking lot winners included a Laguna Forest couple, Don and Deanna Ader, 78 and 75 years old.
“It’s easy, it’s ready; the service they provide is great.” Don Ader said. “No party has an influence on me and my wife.”
He said the couple’s daughter and son helped them book online on Tuesday night.
After parking, Ardes said they had queued for more than an hour. Don Ader, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and other medical conditions, said that Anaheim firefighters helped him in a wheelchair.
Du said: “Today marks an important step in the fight against COVID-19 and has retaken our lives and livelihoods from the pandemic in Orange County.”
Staff writer Alicia Robinson contributed to this report.