Around 2,000 people were vaccinated at the site located at Soka University in Aliso Weijo. It opened its doors just two weeks after the county’s first major site at Disneyland opened.
The Disneyland site is out, but vaccines at Soka University will be administered in the campus gymnasium. Residents can either use the county’s Othena app or website to pick up an appointment for the site.
Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said one benefit of the Soka University site is its facility for seniors in the area such as residents of the Laguna Woods Village Retirement Community. County officials are providing the senior and 65-year-old vaccines because they are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.
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There are plans to open more sites once more vaccines are available in the county.
Despite the opening of the new site, vaccine supply remains a major bottleneck for many Southern California counties. The Orange County Health Care Agency says it is constantly requesting higher doses from the state.
Those who were able to get an appointment on the Aliso Weijo site said they are grateful to have it reopened, including a woman who managed to get appointments for both her parents.
Fatima Mougadamadou said, “I am so relieved because of everything happening around the world and just seeing all the people in hospitals without my family members. I was very worried for my family but I feel very relieved I am doing
He said that the process at the new site was very systematic.
Even with the vaccine shortage, county officials say they believe everyone in Orange County can be vaccinated by the fourth of July.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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