COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution

Orange County
Vaccination Timeline

Contingent on vaccine availability and local administration capacity

ACTIVE PHASE
Phase 1A
All Tiers + People Aged 65+
  

Orange County resident’s vaccination group will be determined by a number of factors, such as:

  • Work settings
  • Direct contact with COVID-19 patients
  • Recent positive COVID-19 test result or infection
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • History of severe allergic reactions to injected medications or vaccinations
  • Age
  • Existing comorbidities
  • Living environment - congregate facility or long term care facility

All information here is subject to change. Please return often for updated information.

Updated 1/11/21

"WHEN CAN I GET VACCINATED?"

Phased Approach to Vaccine Distribution - Given the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines, distribution will be limited at first and increase over time. Determinations will be based on reaching critical populations to reduce morbidity and mortality rates due to the transmission of COVID-19.
- National Academy of Sciences Prioritization

Phase 1A | Critical and Healthcare Workers

ALL TIERS - Actively Vaccinating

  • Acute care, psychiatric and correctional facility hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals and residents in these settings
  • Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and others providing emergency medical services
  • Dialysis centers
  • Intermediate care facilities for persons who need non-continuous nursing supervision and supportive care
  • Home health care and in-home supportive services
  • Community health workers, including promotoras
  • Public health field staff
  • Primary Care clinics, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, correctional facility clinics and urgent care clinics
  • Specialty clinics
  • Laboratory workers
  • Dental and other oral health clinics
  • Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers
Phase 1A Includes:
  • Those “persons at risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2 through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings… and includes persons at direct risk of exposure in their non-clinical roles, such as, but not limited to, environmental services, patient transport, or interpretation”
  • In addition for Orange County, law enforcement who work in high positive COVID rate areas such as Anaheim and Santa Ana as well as correctional facilities and homeless shelters experiencing outbreaks can get vaccinated at this time.
  • People age 65 and older, giving priority to those who are most vulnerable and with chronic health conditions.

Where can I go to get my vaccine?
If you fall into Phase 1A, please contact your employer, long-term care facility for vaccination instructions, or register online through www.Othena.com. Additional information will be provided here in the near future as details become available.

All who seek to be vaccinated MUST provide documentation indicating they are in the active categories listed above. Those who do not bring adequate documentation will be asked to reschedule at a later date when they can provide the necessary information.

  • Residents aged 65+ need to show photo ID and proof of residency
  • Phase 1A Critical and Healthcare Workers need to show photo ID and one of the following:
    • Professional license
    • Employee badge with name
    • Signed letter from employer on facility letterhead
    • Employment paystub with printed name

HCA with its community partners seeks to make vaccine access fair and equitable, especially during the initial months of distribution when the amount of vaccine is very limited. We are following both the CDC and CDPH Playbook for vaccine distribution prioritization. Both the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDPH have specified which groups are high priority for vaccination. The following table reflects these guidelines, in terms of order of priority for the initial groups designated to receive vaccines for Phase 1. Visit these pages to learn more about vaccine distribution recommendations:

 

PHASE 1A

Description Plan for Vaccination How Will They be Notified to be Vaccinated? Project Start Date
Acute care, psychiatric and correctional facility hospitals These facilities are actively vaccinating their employees. Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff.  HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals Residents and staff in these settings are being vaccinated through the CDC's pharmacy program. CVS or Walgreens communicate directly with the facilities; facilities notify their staff as well as residents. Actively vaccinating
Paramedics, EMTs and others providing emergency medical services OC Fire Authority is actively vaccinating public and private emergency response staff; private ambulance organizations are also vaccinating their emergency response staff. Employers (public and private) notify their emergency response staff.  HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Dialysis centers Several large dialysis organizations are seeking or have received COVIDReadi approval and will vaccinate their employees as well as those from smaller dialysis centers. Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Intermediate care facilities for persons who need non- continuous nursing supervision and supportive care Plans are in development to work with large retail pharmacies to conduct a vaccine program for these settings (similar to the CDC's pharmacy program for long term care).  Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings. ICF employers will notify their high and medium risk staff.  HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Home health  care and in-home
supportive services
Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Community health workers, including promotoras Plans are in development to work with approved community clinics  to vaccinate employees in these organizations. Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Public health field staff HCA is actively vaccinating public health field staff. HCA notifies their public health staff who work in the field. Actively vaccinating
Primary Care clinics, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, correctional facility clinics, and urgent care clinics Several large community clinics have begun vaccinating their staff as well as staff from smaller clinics with whom they are partnering. Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Other settings and health care workers Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Specialty clinics Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Laboratory workers Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Dental and other oral health clinics Oral surgeon groups have agreed to serve as vaccinators for dentists and oral health clinics. Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for staff in these settings. Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites. Actively vaccinating
Individual 65 and older The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Small PODS and/or mobile vaccination teams will also be deployed to reach individuals in their communities to increase ease of access. HCA will work with our Task Force partners who serve older adults to reach out to these individuals. There will also be targeted communications to older adult communities. Actively vaccinating
Emergency Services County fire authority staff are being vaccinated; OCFA will partner with city fire departments to their staff. Employers notify their staff. Actively vaccinating

 

PHASE 1B

Tier 1
Description Plan for Vaccination How Will They be Notified to be Vaccinated? Project Start Date
Food and Agriculture The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Employers will notify their staff. HCA will communicate with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. February
Education and Childcare The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Employers will notify their staff. HCA will communicate with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. February
Tier 2
Description Plan for Vaccination How Will They be Notified to be Vaccinated? Project Start Date
Individuals 65-74 years of age The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Small PODS and/or mobile vaccination teams will also be deployed to reach individuals in their communities to increase ease of access. HCA will work with our Task Force partners who serve older adults to reach out to these individuals.
There will also be targeted communications to older adult communities.
February
Incarcerated Individuals - jails and prisons To be determined To be determined February
Homeless/Unhoused The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Small PODS and/or mobile vaccination teams will also
be deployed to reach individuals in their communities to increase ease of access.
HCA will communicate with homeless shelters and other homeless services regarding access to mass vaccination sites, strike team schedules, etc. February
Transportation and Logistics The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Employers will notify their staff. HCA will communicate with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. February
Industrial, Residential, Commercial The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Employers will notify their staff. HCA will communicate with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. February
Critical Manufacturing The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Employers will notify their staff. HCA will communicate with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. February

 

PHASE 1C

Tier 1
Description Plan for Vaccination How Will They be Notified to be Vaccinated? Project Start Date
Individuals 50-64 years of age The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Small PODS and/or mobile vaccination teams will also
be deployed to reach individuals in their communities to increase ease of access.
HCA will work with our Task Force partners who serve older adults to reach out to these individuals.  There will also be targeted communications to older adult communities. February
16-49 years and have underlying health conditions or disabilities which increases their risk for severe COVID-19 The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Small PODS and/or mobile vaccination teams will also be deployed to reach individuals in their communities to increase ease of access. HCA will work with our Task Force partners who serve older adults to reach out to these individuals.  There will also be targeted communications to these communities. February
Water and Waste Management, Defense, Energy, Chemical and Hazardous Materials, Communication and IT, Financial Services The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Employers will notify their staff. HCA will communicate with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. February
Government Operations / Community-Based Essential Functions The OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Employers will notify their staff. HCA will communicate with these employers regarding access to mass vaccination sites. February