Orange County’s newest mass vaccination site at the Anaheim Convention Center will open Tuesday morning, a day earlier than expected, county officials announced Monday, February 22. Other county sites await delayed supplies.
Two of Orange County’s existing PODs (Dispensing Points) remained closed Monday, while a third took second-dose patients only as county leaders anxiously awaited a late shipment of vaccines meant to keep the immense campaign going. public immunization.
Last week, severe winter weather across the country reduced the flow of incoming vaccines to a minimum.
Short-term operations were still up in the air Monday for two Super PODs, where staff and volunteers had been vaccinating thousands of people each day. One at a Disneyland parking lot closed Thursday, while another at Soka University in Aliso Viejo was only administering time-sensitive second doses.
A smaller county-run vaccination center at Santa Ana College that opened last week operated for three days before supply shortages forced it to close on Saturday.
Orange County Supervisor Doug Chaffee said county staff expected more boxes of vaccines to arrive Tuesday; Other than that, operations at the county’s PODs could be suspended for more days this week.
“At the moment we are not scheduling anything there because we don’t have it,” Chaffee said Monday afternoon. “I would love to have a call at midnight saying the vaccine delivery is at home.”
The dates when the existing sites will be back in full operation had yet to be announced as of Monday night. Patients who had appointments have received notices to reschedule their visits.
While officials were still unsure on Monday when more vaccine allocations promised by the state government would arrive to replenish stocks allocated for existing sites, there were enough to confidently launch the newest site at the Anaheim Convention Center. County spokeswoman Molly Nichelson said.
Anaheim officials tweeted Monday night: “To begin, we will give second-dose injections to those whose appointments were postponed last week.”
This week teachers, child care workers, food and farm workers, ranging from food delivery drivers to supermarket cashiers, waiters and farmers, and previously ineligible emergency services personnel collectively got the green light to try to get vaccinated.
The county’s dating website and app, Othena, in its screening questions Monday, allowed users who said they were workers in that newly eligible group to sign up for a future appointment invitation. People have to live or work in Orange County.
Public health officials at the OC Health Care Agency have said they will reserve 30% of the vaccines it expects to receive in the coming weeks for educators, the food industry and other workers with jobs state officials consider “essential” during the coronavirus pandemic. It will spend 70% on ongoing efforts to vaccinate people 65 and older, many of whom are still waiting for their doses.
The eligibility expansion, which could add about 465,800 people, should begin inoculating people at county sites next week, Nichelson said. They can also request vaccination through their own health insurance providers.
Othena users under 65 who are eligible because they are an “essential” worker are reminded to present proof of employment when they have an appointment at a county vaccination site, such as a professional license, identification card employee, a letter signed by an employer on company letterhead, a pay stub, or a business card.