Orange County staff and volunteers are preparing for the opening of a mass vaccination center at Soca University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday.
He joins the first center the county opened last week at Disneyland, which has about 3,000 meetings a day.
“Carry your umbrellas, plan for rain, if you’re in a walker, you have to consider these things,” said County spokeswoman Molly Nicholson. Staff and volunteers will be available to help visitors from the on-campus car park structure along Wood Canyon Drive to a nearby gym where vaccines will be given.
The county has enough vaccines and staff available to confidently launch the new Soka Super POD (distribution point) this weekend, said spokeswoman Molly Nickelson. Officials said they would not open new locations until volunteers and doses were available to make it worthwhile; in the end, five sites are expected.
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The health agency said this week’s recruitment process was “simplified” to prevent users from constantly refreshing Othena on their computers and phones in hopes of uploading a slot.
For users who have completed registration, Othena will send emails to eligible groups for about 10 hours each day, warning them that a meeting is available.
Dr Clayton Chow, director of the County Health Agency and a county health official, said staff consider the risk of a person’s coronavirus while making appointments. Staff will also send patients to which super site is closest, he said.
But if users do not respond via Othena within a few hours, they will be returned to the virtual queue, Nickelson said.
“They really need to pay attention to the emails that come up,” she said.
The Health Agency has set up a hotline on 714-834-2000 to ask questions about Othena, vaccine appointments and other related issues during weekdays.
At this time, people who qualify for a vaccine and want an appointment cannot call to set up an appointment, but can call for help registering at Othena.
“We think it will make us more agile,” she said.
Chow advised seniors who have problems with Otena to ask their doctor or staff at the local senior help center.
And super sites aren’t the only option, Chow said. The health agency is also increasing the larger “mobile” vaccination clinics that have parachuted in one day at several centers for the elderly, with much more work to do.
Meanwhile, the county is still striking a balance between marshalling vaccines, staff and volunteers to receive doses in the hands of the most exposed and vulnerable to COVID-19 county effectively and fairly.
During a virtual town hall Thursday with the Coty Petri-Norris Assembly, Chow said Orange County still lacked enough vaccines and reiterated the need to let older adults take pictures first, especially those with chronic diseases that make the coronavirus -dangerous to them.
“We ask the community to be patient, let’s give the vaccine to those aged 75 and over and 65 and older with chronic problems,” he said. “Let’s protect them first, because they are the ones who, if infected, end up in hospitals more than others.”
On Thursday, Orange County gave vaccine administrators the opportunity to resume the use of a batch of Moderna 41L20A vaccine, which was detained by the State Department of Public Health after a handful of allergic reactions in San Diego last week. About 5,000 people in Orange County received gunshots from the batch, but no adverse effects were known, the Health Agency said earlier this week.
Following an investigation, state health officials said late Wednesday that “there is no scientific basis for continuing the break.”