Prepare for Day of Vaccine

The OC Health Care Agency is scheduling vaccines through the Othena.com platform (and apps). Residents can also check with medical providers and local pharmacies for availability of vaccines or visit vaccines.gov.

Individuals with medical or developmental conditions who are unable to leave their home to obtain vaccination in a community setting or clinic can request at-home vaccination by calling the OC COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000.

Prepare for the Day of Your Vaccine

  • Plan to show up at the time of your appointment or 15 minutes prior to appointment at the earliest.  Anyone with active COVID, or exposure to COVID who are still in the isolation or quarantine period should remain home and reschedule for vaccination when isolation/quarantine is finished.
  • Make sure you are hydrated and have something to eat at least 2 hours prior to vaccination.
  • Wear clothing that allow for easy access to receive the vaccine on the upper portion of your arm (deltoid). Accommodations can also be made at the site for privacy for those who need it.
  • If you tend to feel nervous or have any history of fainting with blood draws/vaccines or medical procedures, please ask to receive your vaccine laying down.
  • Bring official documents for getting vaccination to prove your identification and that you're the appropriate age for the vaccine being offered.
  • Pfizer is authorized for those people age 12 and over at time of vaccination
  • Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for people age 18 and older at time of vaccination

When getting vaccinated, identification will be asked to prove.

  • Identification – Picture ID/Name that matches appointment
  • Age - Date of birth

Documentation for Minors for Vaccine

Anyone wishing  to receive COVID vaccine must meet the minimum age requirement and show proof of age at the time of appointment.

  • Pfizer - 12 and older
  • Johnson & Johnson - 18 and older
  • Moderna - 18 and older

Minors (ages 12-17) must be accompanied by their Parent/Legal Guardian, provide picture ID and proof of age. See FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines for tweens and teens from the American Academy of Pediatrics and CHOC Children’s Hospital ENGLISH and SPANISH.

Required documents at time of appointment:

  • Photo ID
    1. Government ID/passport (from America or foreign country)
    2. School ID
  • Official form verifying DOB
    1. Birth Certificate
    2. Immigration paperwork
    3. Medical visit summary with Name and DOB
    4. Medical Insurance Card with Name and DOB
    5. Prescription with Name and DOB

The appointment will not be honored without required documents to prove Identification/DOB.

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Valid COVID-19 Vaccine-Vaccination Records:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (white paper card given at the time of your shot)
  • State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR)
  • California Immunization Registry Vaccine Record

How to obtain lost CDC Vaccination Record Card:

If you’ve lost your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) card after your COVID-19 vaccination at a non-County of Orange facility:

  • Contact the business/health care system that originally provided the vaccination to request a replacement or
  • Login to the State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR) portal at https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ to get a link to a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record

If you received COVID-19 vaccination at an Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) Super Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site or Mobile POD, you can:

  • Login to State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal at https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ to get a link to a QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record.  
  • Login to Othena.com or download the Othena mobile app for iOS/Android to view the details of your COVID-19 vaccination(s), including date(s) administered vaccine type and lot number(s), vaccine site information, and the administering provider(s).
  • If you lost your CDC vaccination card, email the OCHCA Immunization Assistance Program (IAP) mailbox at IAP@ochca.com to request a replacement CDC card. Please note that you will be asked to pick it up in person by appointment only to show proof of identification.

How to address incorrect details on your vaccine record:

  • If you find any incorrect details that are associated with your vaccine record, please notify the agency where you received your vaccination. If you were vaccinated through an OCHCA sponsored vaccine site please send an email to IAP@ochca.com.

How to request record from California Immunization Registry (CAIR):

Allow your vaccine administering site time to report to CAIR; please allow 2-3 weeks after being fully vaccinated before requesting your COVID-19 immunization record. There are two ways to get a copy of the vaccinations record in CAIR.

  • Ask the provider who administered the COVID vaccine to look up your vaccination record in CAIR and provide you a copy.
  • To request your entire immunization record through the California Immunization Registry, either complete the CAIR Authorization to Release Form, send an email to CAIRHelpdesk@cdph.ca.gov, or call 1-800-578-7889. Make sure to scan a photo of a current official photo ID ready to upload, as the form must be completed in a single session.
  • You will receive an email with proof of COVID-19 vaccination record (you will not receive a replacement card).
  • It typically takes 3-5 days for processing