On Saturday’s cold and rainy morning, some light broke out in a battle with Orange County’s deadly coronavirus epidemic.
The county opened its second super point-of-dispensing, or POD, vaccination site at Soka University in Aliso Jijo.
Inoculation began, with 1,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on hand. Eventually officials are expected to deliver 3,000 to 4,000 a day to the site, seven days a week, as long as supplies are available.
There are currently around 66,000 doses of the vaccine in the county, which are being offered on Super PODs and small mobile sites. Disneyland was the first major site to open.
The county receives about 20% of the total supplies designated for Orange County, with the rest going to hospitals and private health care providers. And officials have said that supplies from the state and federal government are slower than anticipated.
Since the Disneyland site began distributing vaccines on 13 January, more than 21,000 doses have been delivered – a recent storm that ceased operations for two days.
However, even if it is going full tilt with sufficient supply, the county will have a long way to go to fill the demand. Orange County Health Care Agency Director Drs. According to Clayton Chau, Orange County currently has more than 600,000 eligible residents, including 65 and older and frontline health and emergency workers.
The county is considering opening more than three Super PODs as a county, once it is receiving enough vaccines to keep them.
South County needed
Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, whose Orange County Board of Supervisors is involved in the Fifth District, said it is important to have a larger site in the southern part of the county, with more than 140,000 seniors in the district, including the larger community of Laguna Woods. .
“It’s absolutely critical to get the most vulnerable vaccinations,” she said.
With a large number of volunteers available, Bartlett said the county has the “bandwidth” to meet demand quickly, but adds, “We can only use the available vaccine. Get every dose as quickly as possible They are shot in arms. ”
Aliso Weijo Mayor Tiffany Ekle said she has a personal stake in hosting a large venue to her city. He has first-hand experience with the virus.
“My mother had COVID twice,” she said, Anne Keith, 77, who had to be hospitalized and undergo ventilation both times before recovering. “I had no idea what’s going on.”
For this reason, she said that she is particularly grateful for the Soka University site now in operation.
County officials have set July 4 as the target date to complete immunization of 3.2 million OC residents.
Smooth sailing on day 1
65-year-old Celia Lugo, and her daughter, Lauren, kicked him out of the gym at Soka University in the midst of the show.
Lion Lugo paused to take a selfie with his mother, saying, “Yes, we did it.”
Laguna Niguel residents were grateful to have the site open near their home.
“It went smoothly,” said Celia Lugo. “I hope it gets worse.”
Despite reports of a glitch in the Othena reservation system, the county has been using and decreasing the dose, with attendees at the event stating no problems when they arrived.
On-site registration was usually completed within 20 minutes and the entire process was completed in less than an hour.
“It was very fast. The shot was nice and easy, ”67-year-old Kathy Aliman told of the process. “I waited maybe 15 minutes.”
After sitting for another 15 minutes to ensure that there were no adverse side effects, Aliman was ready to drive back to his Santa Ana home.
Signing to register and secure appointments for the time slot of their vaccinations was more problematic for many, and the newly-inoculated was happy to put them behind.
County officials said the system has been improved this week and help is available through the hotline to navigate its use, but they also ask for people’s patience.
Lauren Lugo said that the online website has crashed several times.
Aliman is registered at Christmas, but the day before her appointment she was informed that a dose was available to her.
Richard Schler, 67, of Huntington Beach and his wife, Mary, 67, were registered within a day of each other, but only Richard received an appointment to receive an email.
Although Mary hopes it may be several weeks before her vaccine, she said, “It’s a small price to pay.”
“It was smooth when we came here,” said Richard Schlar.
Board of Supervisors Vice President Doug Chafei urged him to be patient during a press conference at Soka University on Saturday, noting that when the county receives a dose for all those who are out of his control.
“People want to go back to normalizing their lives,” he said. “We are working to ensure that vaccines (vaccines) are put in the right weapons at the right time. It is a long-term process. “
Vaccines on county-run Super PODs are available to registered individuals who meet the criteria. Appointments are available through Othena.com, and appointments are determined based on vaccine availability. People can also contact their health care providers.
Super POD requires identification and proof of eligibility.
To see the list of people eligible to receive the vaccine, visit the OC Health Care Agency website: occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/phased-approach-vaccine-distribution.
For questions related to COVID-19, visit ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus, or follow HCA on Facebook (@ochealthinfo) and Twitter (@ochealth).
For those in need of assistance, the COVID-19 hotline is at 714-834-2000; Medical Question: Health Referral Line: 800-564-8448.