Today in OC Archive

April 14, 2021

  • Starting April 15, everyone age 16 and over in Orange County will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Parental consent is required and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.
  • The ‘Family’ feature in Othena enables all household members to register, and coordinate scheduling their appointments.
  • In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation, the County has removed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from all its vaccination POD sites until further notice. The County’s vaccination PODs will continue to dispense the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to individuals with appointments.

April 13, 2021

  • In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation, the County has removed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from all its vaccination POD sites until further notice. The County’s vaccination PODs will continue to dispense the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to individuals with appointments.
  • Starting April 15, everyone age 16 and over in Orange County will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Parental consent is required and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.

April 12, 2021

  • On April 15, everyone age 16 and over in Orange County will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Parental consent is required and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.
  • Individuals age 16 and older in four equity zip codes identified by the State (92701, 92703, 92805 and 92844) are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • The OC Fair & Event Center Super POD will operate with extended hours of 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (appointments between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.) on Thursdays to accommodate working individuals who cannot get vaccinated during standard business hours.

April 9, 2021

  • The Disneyland Drive-Thru POD will not schedule appointments Saturday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 14. Individuals who require ADA-accommodations/in-car vaccinations should try to schedule appointments at the Soka University or OC Fair & Event Center POD site
  • This month, the OC Health Care Agency will launch a digital vaccine record pilot program for COVID-19 vaccine credentialing. The digital vaccine record provides verification for individuals looking to participate in activities that involve interactions with other people, including travel, attractions, conferences/meetings, concerts, sports, school and more
  • The County Super PODs and mobile clinics are not the only options for individuals seeking a COVID-19 vaccine. To view the various channels where individuals can obtain a vaccine, including pharmacies and the State’s “MyTurn”/BlueShield registration platform on the “Distribution Channels” page at www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com

April 8, 2021

  • Everyone in Orange County who has not yet received a vaccine is encouraged to register at Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn to schedule an appointment.
  • Everyone age 16+ in Orange County will be eligible starting April 15. Parental consent is required, and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. Only the Pfizer vaccine is available for those ages 16-17.
  • This month, the OC Health Care Agency will launch a pilot program for a Digital Passport for COVID-19 vaccine and testing credentialing. The Digital Passport enables individuals to participate safely and with peace of mind in activities that involve interactions with other people, including travel, attractions, conferences/meetings, concerts, sports, school and more.

April 7, 2021

  • Individuals age 16+ in four equity zip codes (92701, 92703, 92805 and 92844) and age 16+ with underlying medical conditions are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.  Starting April 16, all residents ages 16+ will be eligible to be vaccinated. Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for ages 16-18.
  • The OC Fair & Event Center Super POD will offer extended hours and schedule appointments between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. on April 8 to help accommodate working individuals.
  • This month the OC Health Care Agency will launch a pilot program for a Digital Passport for COVID-19 vaccine and testing credentialing. The Digital Passport enables individuals to participate safely and with peace of mind in activities that involve interactions with other people, including travel, attractions, conferences/meetings, concerts, sports, school and more.

April 6, 2021

  • Individuals age 16 and over in four equity zip codes (92701, 92703, 92805 and 92844) and age 16 and over with underlying medical conditions are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.  All others age 16 and over in Orange County will be eligible starting April 15. 
  • Individuals must wait until they meet the minimum age requirement before scheduling an appointment and parental consent is required.  People under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring proof of their age and identity to receive the vaccine.
  • The OC Fair & Event Center Super POD will operate with extended hours of 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. on April 8 to accommodate working individuals who cannot get vaccinated during standard business hours.

April 5, 2021

  • All persons ages 16-64 with severe health conditions as outlined by the State, are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. See details at https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#Vaccinating-those-at-higher-risk
  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized* for people age 16 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are authorized for people age 18 and older. Proof of age will be required to receive vaccination. *FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)
  • Individuals age 16 and over in four equity zip codes identified by the State (92701, 92703, 92805 and 92844) are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.  All others age 16 and over in Orange County will be eligible starting April 15.

April 2, 2021

  • Individuals age 50 and over are now eligible to make COVID vaccine appointments.
  • Individuals age 16 and over in four equity zip codes identified by the State (92701, 92703, 92805 and 92844) are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.  All others age 16 and over in Orange County will be eligible starting April 15.
  • Due to recent increase in vaccine supply, same day appointments may now be available to eligible residents at some locations. Register at Othena.com

April 1, 2021

  • The County opened a vaccine Super POD at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on March 31 and is vaccinating initially 2,000 people per day. That daily number is expected to increase as vaccine supplies increase.
  • Starting today, April 1, individuals age 50 and over are eligible to make COVID vaccine appointments and individuals age 16 and over will be eligible starting April 15.
  • Temperatures will be in the high 70s on Friday and Saturday. People with appointments should dress appropriately for hot weather and bring water to their appointment.

March 31, 2021

  • The County opened a vaccine Super POD at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa today and will begin by vaccinating initially 2,000 people per day. This daily number is expected to increase as vaccine supplies increase.
  • Temperatures will be in the high 80s on Thursday and in the high 70s on Friday and Saturday. People with appointments should dress appropriately for hot weather and bring water to their appointment.
  • Individuals age 50 and over will be eligible to make COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting April 1 and individuals age 16 and over will be eligible starting April 15.

March 30, 2021

  • The County is expecting to open a vaccine Super POD at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, March 31.
  • The State announced on March 25 that individuals age 50 and over will be eligible to make a COVID vaccine appointment starting April 1 and individuals age 16 and over will be eligible to make an appointment starting April 15. Appointments are dependent on vaccine supply.
  • Everyone in Orange County who has not yet received a vaccine is encouraged to register at www.Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn to schedule an appointment.

March 29, 2021

  • The County is expecting to open a vaccine Super POD at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, March 31.
  • The State announced on March 25 that individuals age 50 and over will be eligible to make a COVID vaccine appointment starting April 1 and individuals age 16 and over will be eligible to make an appointment starting April 15. Appointments are dependent on vaccine supply.
  • As a reminder, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people who are 16 and older. To receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, you must be 18 or older. Please be sure to reserve a vaccine appointment accordingly in Othena.

March 26, 2021

  • The State announced on March 25 that individuals age 50 and over will be eligible to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting April 1 and individuals age 16 and over will be eligible to make an appointment starting April 15. Appointments are dependent on vaccine supply.
  • Everyone in Orange County who has not received a vaccine is encouraged to register at www.Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn.
  • The County is expecting to open a vaccine Super POD at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on March 31.

March 25, 2021

  • The State announced today that individuals age 50 and over will be eligible to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment starting April 1 and individuals age 16 and over will be eligible to make an appointment starting April 15. Appointments are dependent on vaccine supply.
  • Everyone in Orange County who has not received a vaccine is encouraged to register at www.Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn.
  • The County Super PODs and mobile clinics are not the only options to receive a vaccination. You can view other vaccine distribution channels, including hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics, at www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com.

March 24, 2021

  • The County continues to use the Othena user platform for registration and scheduling of vaccine appointments and will upload information from Othena to the State's MyTurn platform.
  • Everyone in Orange County who has not received a vaccine is encouraged to register at www.Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn.
  • The County Super PODs and mobile clinics are not the only options to receive a vaccination. View other vaccine distribution channels, including hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics, at www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com.

March 23, 2021

  • The County continues to use the Othena user platform for registration and scheduling of vaccine appointments, and will upload information from Othena to the State's MyTurn platform.
  • Eligible individuals who registered for an appointment will receive phone text and email notifications from Othena when it is their turn to schedule an appointment.
  • Everyone in Orange County who has not received a vaccine is encouraged to register at www.Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn.

March 22, 2021

  • More than 1 million patients have registered to be vaccinated against COVID-19 through the Othena platform. To view current eligibility guidelines, please visit www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com and clicking “Distribution Plan.”
  • While many people who live or work in Orange County currently do not yet meet the State’s eligibility for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, they are encouraged to register now at www.Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn.
  • Simplified and traditional Mandarin is now available on the Othena app and will soon be added to the Othena webpage. English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean are available both on the Othena webpage and app.

March 19, 2021

  • For those registering to be vaccinated in Othena, you can note an underlying health condition that qualifies you for prioritization by logging into Othena and clicking “Edit Profile.” From there, scroll down to “Co-Morbidities Related Information” and click on the drop-down menu.
  • While individuals with appointments must provide proof of Orange County residency or employment, the County does not require proof of U.S. citizenship for vaccinations.
  • While many people who live or work in Orange County currently do not yet meet the State’s eligibility for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, they are encouraged to register now at www.Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn.

March 17-18, 2021

  • People who live or work in Orange County but do not yet meet the State’s eligibility for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to register at Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn.
  • Othena's family feature lets you manage appointments for multiple family members under one account. We encourage people to use this feature to help loved ones who are technology challenged.
  • To date, more than 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Orange County via Othena. For those who are eligible and have not received a vaccine yet, please be patient as appointments are based on vaccine availability.

March 16, 2021

  • People with accessibility issues or who lack access to technology can call (714) 834-2000 for assistance with Othena registration and support.
  • Immigration status is not checked at any time during the COVID-19 appointment and vaccination process. The health of our community is the only concern.
  • County PODs are not the only options for a COVID-19 vaccine. To view the various channels where individuals can obtain a vaccine, visit www.vaccinefinder.org

March 15, 2021

  • Starting Monday, March 15, people ages 16–64 with underlying medical conditions are eligible for vaccination per State guidelines. Those individuals will need to attest that they have one of the identified conditions when scheduling an appointment through Othena.
  • People registering for appointments can now identify applicable underlying medical conditions on the Othena smartphone app by viewing "Phase Screening" and selecting the medical condition during the registration assessment.
  • County PODs are not the only options for a COVID-19 vaccine. To view the various channels where individuals can obtain a vaccine, view "Distribution Channels" at www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com.

March 12, 2021

  • Starting Monday, March 15, people ages 16–64 with underlying medical conditions will be eligible to be vaccinated per State guidelines. Those individuals will need to "self attest" that they have one of the identified conditions when scheduling an appointment through Othena.
  • County PODs are not the only options for a COVID-19 vaccine. To view the various channels where individuals can obtain a vaccine, view "Distribution Channels" at www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com.
  • Individuals who lack access to technology can call the OC COVID-19 hotline at (714) 834-2000 for assistance with Othena registration and support

March 11, 2021

  • More than 851,000 people have registered in Othena system and more than 545,000 have scheduled appointments.  Eligible individuals who registered may not be able to immediately receive an appointment since there are more people than available doses of vaccine. Please be patient.
  • Othena’s new Family Feature allows patients to manage vaccination scheduling and records for multiple family members.
  • Individuals notified to schedule an appointment through Othena can select the vaccine type to receive (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson) depending on the quantity of each brand received and doses available by location.

March 10, 2021

  • Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and bring a valid photo identification and verification of your vaccination appointment. Proof of Orange County residence or employment is required for vaccination.
  • Due to additional vaccine allocations, the County has increased the number of first doses administered over the past week, while ensuring previous vaccinated individuals receive timely second doses. From February 25 to March 2, the County administered 3,202 first doses and 45,401 second doses. From March 3 to 9, the County administered 27,102 first doses and 30,381 second doses.
  • Pending vaccine supply, individuals notified to schedule an appointment through Othena can select the vaccine type to receive (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson). Vaccine selection depends on which vaccines are available on open appointment dates.

March 9, 2021

  • Individuals notified to schedule an appointment through Othena can select the vaccine type to receive (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson) depending on the quantity of each brand received and doses available by location. 
  • The Disneyland Super POD is now only dispensing vaccines through American with Disabilities Act (ADA) lanes/in-car vaccinations. The site will have less capacity than the County’s other POD sites and is intended to serve people who require an ADA-accessible option.
  • Individuals who lack access to technology can call the COVID-19 hotline at (714) 834-2000 for assistance with Othena registration and support.

March 8, 2021

  • Pending vaccine supply, individuals notified to schedule an appointment through Othena can select the vaccine type to receive (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson). Vaccine selection depends on which vaccines are available on open appointment dates.
  • Starting today, March 8, the Disneyland Super POD is only dispensing vaccines through American with Disabilities Act (ADA) lanes/in-car vaccinations. The site will have less capacity than the County’s other POD sites and is intended to serve people who require an ADA-accessible option.
  • Individuals who lack access to technology can call the HCA hotline at (714) 834-2000 for assistance with Othena registration and support.

March 5, 2021

  • The Disneyland Super POD, currently closed, will be reconfigured for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lanes/in-car vaccinations starting on Monday, March 8.  The site will have less capacity than the County’s other POD sites and is intended to serve people who require an ADA-accessible option.
  • Individuals who lack access to technology can call the HCA hotline at (714) 834-2000 for assistance with Othena registration and support.
  • Othena’s new Family Feature allows patients to manage vaccination scheduling and records for multiple family members.

March 4, 2021

The Othena scheduling platform has updated some functions to better serve our residents including:

  • Othena’s new Family Feature allows patients to manage vaccination scheduling and records for multiple family members.
  • Othena has enabled the ability for patients to add their need for ADA assistance at POD locations using a Drive-thru vaccination option.
  • Korean is now available on both the Othena app and web portal, along with English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Chinese translations are being developed to launch in the upcoming weeks.
  • Individuals who lack access to technology can call the HCA hotline at (714) 834-2000 for assistance with Othena registration and support.

March 3, 2021

  • The Disneyland Super POD is closed through Sunday, March 7, and will be reconfigured for Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) lanes/in-car vaccinations starting on Monday, March 8. The site will have less capacity than the County’s other POD sites and is intended to serve people who require an A.D.A.-accessible option.
  • Individuals who lack access to technology can call the HCA hotline at 714) 834-2000 for assistance with Othena registration and support.
  • Othena will soon be updated to allow people to see which County POD sites offer a drive-thru option for people with accessibility issues. When scheduling an appointment through Othena, there is a box to check indicating that A.D.A. access is required, which serves as "self-attestation."

March 2, 2021

  • OCDE school PODs are vaccinating Pre-K through Grade 12 educators and school staff, including private and charter schools. Childcare providers, higher education and other education sector individuals eligible in Phase 1B can access vaccines through Othena, retail pharmacies, medical groups and other access points.
  • The Disneyland Super POD will be closed Thursday, March 4, through Sunday, March 7, and will be reconfigured for ADA lanes/in-car vaccinations starting on Monday, March 8. The site will have less capacity than the County’s other POD sites and is intended to serve people who require an ADA-accessible option.
  • The Santa Ana College POD is anticipated to reopen on Wednesday, March 3 to to serve those hardest-hit and underserved communities in targeted zip codes within Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Anaheim.

March 1, 2021

  • Starting March 1, COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to TK-12 school employees in Orange County at specialized PODs — short for points-of-dispensing — operated by the Orange County Department of Education in partnership with local school districts. Visit https://ocde.us/Pages/pods.aspx for information on locations and registration instructions.
  • The Santa Ana College POD is anticipated to reopen on Wednesday, March 3 to to serve those hardest-hit and underserved communities in targeted zip codes within Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Anaheim.
  • The State has opened eligibility to Phase 1B and requires local health departments to dedicate a specific allocation to this group. We will begin scheduling appointments for people eligible under Phase 1B when this vaccine supply is confirmed.

February 26, 2021

  • The Disneyland Super POD, which reopened on Friday, February 26 to dispense a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to eligible individuals with appointments, will close this Sunday, February 28, due to anticipated high winds – yet those individuals will still receive vaccinations on the same day and time at the Anaheim Convention Center at 800 West Katella Avenue.
  • Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean versions of the Othena.com website are available. Spanish and Vietnamese versions of the Othena smartphone app is available and Korean language translation on the app is coming soon.
  • The State has opened eligibility to Phase 1B and requires local health departments to dedicate a specific allocation to this group. We will begin scheduling appointments for people eligible under Phase 1B when this vaccine supply is confirmed.

February 25, 2021

  • The Disneyland Super POD was closed, Thursday, February 25, out of an abundance of caution due to high winds.  Weather permitting, the vaccination site will reopen on Friday, February 26 to dispense a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine only to those eligible individuals with appointments.
  • The Anaheim Convention Center Super POD is dispensing Moderna second doses by appointment only. Vaccine supplies are still limited, and we are not able to accommodate people without appointments. People should not go to the Anaheim Convention Center without an appointment.
  • The State has opened eligibility to Phase 1B and requires local health departments to dedicate a specific allocation to this group.  We will begin scheduling appointments for people eligible under Phase 1B when this vaccine supply is confirmed.

February 24, 2021

  • The Disneyland Super POD opened today, Wednesday, February 24, to dispense a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine only to those eligible individuals with appointments, but will close on Thursday, February 25, due to expected high winds. The Disneyland Super POD will reopen on Friday, February 26, weather permitting.
  • The Anaheim Convention Center Super POD is dispensing Moderna second doses by appointment only. Vaccine supplies are still limited, and we are not able to accommodate people without appointments. People should not go to the Anaheim Convention Center without an appointment.
  • The State has opened eligibility to Phase 1B and requires local health departments to dedicate a specific allocation to this group. We will begin scheduling appointments for people eligible under Phase 1B when this vaccine supply is confirmed.

February 23, 2021

  • The Anaheim Convention Center Super POD opened today, February 23, for individuals with appointments to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine.
  • Disneyland Resort Super POD will open on Wednesday, February 24, to dispense a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine only to those eligible individuals with appointments. The Disneyland site will close on Thursday, February 25, due to forecasted high winds and will reopen on Friday, February 26, weather permitting.
  • The State has opened eligibility to Phase 1B (Tier 1) and requires local health departments to dedicate a specific allocation to this group.  We will begin scheduling appointments for people eligible under Phase 1B when this vaccine supply is confirmed.

February 22, 2021

  • The Anaheim Convention Center opens tomorrow, February 23, for individuals with appointments to receive their second dose of the Moderna vaccine
  • Based on State guidelines, people in Phase 1B (Tier 1) are now eligible to receive the vaccine, including educators, food service workers, grocery and agriculture workers, child care providers, and emergency service personnel
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s (CDC) COVID-19 vaccine guidelines advise that the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible (21 days for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna).  If it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the guidelines allow for second dose administration up to six weeks (42 days) after the first dose.

February 19, 2021

  • Once vaccine supplies are replenished and the Disneyland Super POD reopens, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) will prioritize second dose vaccinations for people who received their first dose through Othena, and individuals who are now eligible under Tier 1B based on California Department of Public Health new guidelines.
  • The HCA has been working with the Orange County Department of Education and school districts to plan for vaccinating educators when vaccine supply is replenished.
  • The Disneyland Super POD will close temporarily through Monday, February 22, pending receipt of additional vaccine supply, as severe weather across the country has delayed delivery of vaccines.  Everyone who has an appointment through Othena will receive a notification of their rescheduled appointment date through Othena. Additionally, the opening of the Anaheim Convention Center site, scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, is potentially delayed, also due to weather impacting deliveries.

February 18, 2021

  • The Disneyland Super POD will close temporarily through Monday, February 22, pending receipt of additional vaccine supply, as severe weather across the country has delayed delivery of vaccines. Everyone who has an appointment through Othena will receive a notification of their rescheduled appointment date through Othena.
  • The opening of the Anaheim Convention Center Super POD, scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, is potentially delayed, dependent on Moderna vaccine supply.
  • The Soka University Super POD will remain open to provide a second-dose Pfizer vaccine, dependent on vaccine supply

February 17, 2021

  • To increase vaccination capacity, effective February 24, everyone who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine at the Disneyland Super POD will receive their second dose at the Anaheim Convention Center Super POD. The Disneyland Super POD will continue dispensing first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those with appointments.
  • The County is operating a vaccine POD site (not a Super POD) at Santa Ana College to vaccinate eligible residents in disadvantaged communities who are highly impacted by COVID-19 cases. The Santa Ana College POD will operate five days a week, Tuesday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and vaccinate approximately 1,000 people per day.
  • The County Super PODs and mobile clinics are not the only options to receive a vaccination. Other healthcare providers approved to dispense the vaccine, including hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics, play an essential role in vaccinating Orange County’s population.

February 16, 2021

  • Vaccine appointments are currently being scheduled for eligible individuals who registered in Othena on or before January 23.
  • People can reschedule (no earlier than 5 days prior to an appointment) or cancel their appointments through the Othena.com website and smartphone app by doing the following:

    - Accessing their profile on the Othena.com website or app (need to download app), then;
    - Clicking “View Details“ under their appointment information, then;
    - Clicking on “View Your Appointment,“ then;
    - Canceling the appointment or rescheduling to another date and time
  • Individuals who received their first vaccine dose through a neighboring county or through their health system, employer, or other group will receive the second dose from the same source. For those who did not receive their first dose through Othena, please do not attempt to schedule your second dose through Othena. Second dose vaccine supplies are managed based on the number of first doses dispensed through Othena.

February 15, 2021

  • Vaccine appointments are currently being scheduled for eligible individuals who registered in Othena on or before January 23.
  • The County Super PODs and mobile clinics are not the only options to receive a vaccination. Other healthcare providers approved to dispense the vaccine, including hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics, play an essential role in vaccinating Orange County’s population.
  • Spanish, English and Vietnamese language assistance is available for questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine and Othena scheduling issues via the HCA COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000. The hotline offers automated responses to frequently asked questions 24-hours a day, and live operators seven-days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that the hotline cannot schedule appointments or register users in the Othena system.

February 11, 2021

  • The County Super PODS and mobile clinics are not the only options available to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Orange County. Other healthcare providers approved to dispense the vaccine include hospitals, medical groups, retail pharmacies and community health clinics. All of these access points play an essential role in vaccinating Orange County’s population.
  • You must meet current eligibility criteria under Phase 1A as a frontline healthcare worker, first responder in a high-risk position or be 65 years of age or older to receive the vaccine.  Wherever you choose to be vaccinated, you will be required to demonstrate eligibility before you can receive the vaccine, even if you have an appointment. If you do not meet current eligibility criteria, please do not schedule an appointment.

February 10, 2021

  • A refrigeration temperature irregularity was detected last night at the Soka University Super POD site. In an abundance of caution, the COVID-19 vaccine affected by the temperature variance was not administered and the manufacturer was contacted.

    After reviewing the details, the manufacturer advised that the temperature variance did not harm the vaccine’s safety or efficacy and provided confirmation that the vaccine is safe to dispense under the normal protocol.

    There were no disruptions to the appointment schedule or the administration of the vaccine at the Soka University Super POD site today.

February 9, 2021

  • A Vietnamese language version of Othena.com is now available by changing the “English” display at the top of the page to  “Tiếng Việt.” Updates to the Othena smartphone app are currently in the works to include both Spanish & Vietnamese languages.
  • If you haven't received a second dose appointment and your due date is coming up, go to the Disneyland Resort Super POD on the day that your 2nd dose is due (the date on the back of your vaccination card). Once on-site, have both the vaccination card and ID on hand and the Othena team will be able to assist. 

February 8, 2021

  • To continue reducing hospital ICU levels, the County maintains vaccine eligibility to Orange County residents aged 65 and over and individuals eligible under Phase 1A. The County will reevaluate expanding eligibility to more populations weekly as ICU levels stabilize and more vaccine doses become available
  • Scientists believe that optimal immunity from vaccination against COVID-19 comes 2-3 weeks after the second dose.  Please continue to wash your hands frequently, wear a mask and practice physical distancing outside the home, and avoid gathering with those who do not live with you

February 5, 2021

  • Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine has been submitted for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). If approved, the J&J vaccine could help speed vaccination efforts in Orange County.
  • With the Super Bowl game this Sunday, it is strongly recommended that OC residents not gather in groups or crowded places and avoid mass gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • A Spanish language version of Othena.com is now available by clicking on “English” at the top of the page and then selecting “Española.” A Vietnamese language version of Othena.com is also coming soon. Smartphone apps (iPhone & Android) coming soon for Vietnamese and Spanish.

February 4, 2021

  • Today, the County’s Soka University Super Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site added an ADA vaccine lane for individuals with appointments who are persons with disabilities displaying vehicle placards or license plates.
  • A Spanish language version of Othena.com is now available by clicking on “English” at the top of the page and then selecting “Español” in the dropdown menu. A Vietnamese language version of Othena.com is coming soon. Updates to the Othena smartphone app are currently in the works to include both languages.
  • Individuals who received their first vaccine dose at one of the fire service PODs, will receive their second dose appointment at the Disneyland Super POD site through Othena.

February 2, 2021

  • Appointments are currently being scheduled for eligible individuals who registered in Othena on January 15.
  • Individuals who received their first vaccine dose at one of the fire service point-of-dispensing sites (PODs) have been entered into the Othena system and will be notified of a second dose appointment at the Disneyland Super POD.
  • Individuals must provide proof that they live or work in Orange County and documentation of an appointment through Othena to their vaccination appointment. Those who cannot demonstrate eligibility as a senior 65 or over, or as a healthcare worker, will be turned away.

February 1, 2021

  • Over the weekend, more than 13,000 individuals received vaccines at County of Orange Super PODs and one mobile clinic. More than 115,000 individuals have been vaccinated through the Othena app since January 6th, with 78% of them age 65 and over.
  • The County continues to register eligible individuals and schedule appointments through the Othena system. More than 509,000 people are currently registered and over 89,000 people have received a  vaccination through Othena.
  • Individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine may experience some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects can include pain or swelling on the arm as well as fever, chills, fatigue and headaches. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but should go away in a few days.
  • Individuals who received their first vaccine dose through the Othena system (starting January 6) will automatically receive their second dose appointment confirmation through Othena. Individuals who received their first vaccine dose at one of the fire service vaccine sites have been entered into the Othena system and will be notified of a second dose appointment at the Disneyland Super POD. If they do not see information for a second dose vaccination appointment, they can call the HCA hotline at 714-834-2000, 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or email Othena at support@compositeapps.net

January 30, 2021

  • Both the Disneyland Super POD, which was closed Friday due to rain, and the Soka Super POD will be open this weekend. If you have an appointment, please dress appropriately for the weather, and bring ID and appointment documentation.
  • The County continues to register eligible individuals and schedule appointments through the Othena system. More than 509,000 people are currently registered and over 89,000 people have received a  vaccination through Othena.
  • The HCA COVID-19 Hotline (714) 834-2000, has added FAQ automated responses to shorten wait times and assist callers (24/7). They have also extended their hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine 2nd Dose Guidelines: The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible (3 weeks for Pfizer-BioNTech, and one month for Moderna). However, the CDC’s guidance allows for second dose administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval. The CDC is not advocating for people to delay getting their second dose, but the data from clinical trials supports that it is still effective in the delayed range.

January 28, 2021

  • Disneyland Super POD will not operate Friday, 1/29 due to heavy rain.  No appointments were scheduled for Disneyland site in anticipation of the inclement weather.  Vaccination appointments will be conducted at the SOKA Super POD on Friday.
  • The HCA COVID-19 Hotline (714) 834-2000, has added FAQ automated responses to shorten wait times and assist callers (24/7). They have also extended their hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine 2nd Dose Guidelines: The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible (3 weeks for Pfizer-BioNTech, and one month for Moderna). However, the CDC’s guidance allows for second dose administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval. The CDC is not advocating for people to delay getting their second dose, but the data from clinical trials supports that it is still effective in the delayed range.

January 26, 2021

  • To shorten wait times and quickly assist callers, the HCA Hotline at 714-834-2000 offers automated responses to frequently asked questions.
  • Once registered in Othena, appointment notifications to those in the “digital waiting room” will be prioritized based on factors including age, time of registration and available vaccine supply.
  • Eligible individuals who  received their 1st vaccine dose through the Othena system will automatically receive their 2nd dose appointment confirmation through Othena; Those individuals are advised to regularly monitor their email or Othena app profile for appointment updates.

January 25, 2021

  • The County opened its second regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super Point-of-Dispensing (POD) site at Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, January 23.
  • Once registered in Othena, appointment notifications to those in the “digital waiting room” will be prioritized based on factors including age, time of registration and available vaccine supply.
  • Eligible individuals who  received their 1st vaccine dose through the Othena system will automatically receive their 2nd dose appointment confirmation through Othena; Those individuals are advised to regularly monitor their email or Othena app profile for appointment updates.

January 22, 2021

  • Othena.com platform continues to undergo updates to address technical issues and improve the customer experience. The new registration and appointment process prioritizes eligible individuals for appointments per State guidelines, eligibility factors, and registration time.
  • As vaccine supply to Orange County increases, more people will be able to schedule appointments. Since January 1, 2021, more than 416,000 people have registered with the Othena.com platform. 56,783 people have received a vaccination, and 62,316 have scheduled vaccination appointments.
  • Volunteers are needed to support County Vaccine locations, for both medical roles and non-medical positions. Please register at https://oneoc.org/.

January 21, 2021

  • New POD Location: The County is opening its second regional COVID-19 vaccine Super POD site at Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, January 23, starting at 8:00 a.m. This second vaccination site will accommodate individuals who registered and were notified of an appointment through the Othena system.
  • Othena Scheduling Process: Othena’s vaccine scheduling has been simplified.  Eligible individuals who are registered in the Othena system will receive an  e-mail to schedule a vaccination appointment.  Simply register and you will be e-mailed when an appointment and vaccine doses are available. For email support from Othena please email support@compositeapps.net.
  • Mobile PODs: The County is hosting pop-up mobile clinics to vaccinate vulnerable seniors in critically underserved communities; these mobile clinics aren‘t intended for the general public, who typically have resources that many communities of color and lower-income do not have available to them.

January 20, 2021

  • Based on the current weather forecast, the Disneyland COVID-19 Vaccine Super POD site will reopen on Thursday, January 21, 2021 to those with appointments.
  • Othena platform specialists are responding to callers at the HCA Hotline to assist with questions related to the app, and vaccine appointments. Call 714-834-2000, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email Othena at support@compositeapps.net.

January 19, 2021

  • Due to the high wind warnings issued by the National Weather Service for Orange County, CA, the Disneyland Resort Super POD site will be closed again on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. No appointments were scheduled for tomorrow due to the high wind forecast, but will resume using the Othena.com user platform as soon as weather permits.
  • Othena Vaccination Appointment Process – Eligible individuals under Phase 1A, who are registered in Othena.com, will receive an email to schedule a vaccination appointment as soon as vaccines and timeslots are available. We expect to continue scheduling 3,000 appointments or more per day.
  • 2nd Dose Protocol – Anyone who received their first vaccine dose through the Othena user platform (which began January 6) will automatically receive their 2nd dose appointment confirmation through Othena. Everyone who received their 1st dose through their health system, employer, or other group will receive the 2nd dose from the same source.

January 18, 2021

  • Due to the high wind warnings issued by the National Weather Service for Orange County, CA, the Disneyland Resort Super POD site will be closed on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Those with appointments scheduled for Tuesday will be notified of their rescheduled appointment date through the Othena.com user platform.
  • Othena Vaccination Appointment Process – Eligible individuals under Phase 1A, all tiers, including persons age 65 and older who are registered in Othena, will receive an email to schedule a vaccination appointment. We expect to continue scheduling 3,000 appointments per day.
  • 2nd Dose Protocol – Anyone who received their first vaccine dose through the Othena system (which began January 6) will automatically receive their 2nd dose appointment confirmation through Othena. Everyone who received their 1st dose through their health system, employer, or other group will receive the 2nd dose from the same source.

January 17, 2021

  • The Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Super POD continues to safely and efficiently vaccinate more than 3000 people with appointments each day. The experience typically takes 45-60 minutes per person. It is NOT necessary to arrive any more than 15-20 minutes before your scheduled APPOINTMENT.
  • Othena Vaccination Appointment Process – Eligible individuals under Phase 1A, all tiers, including persons age 65 and older who are registered in Othena, will receive an email to schedule a vaccination appointment. We expect to continue scheduling 3,000 appointments per day.
  • 2nd Dose Protocol – Anyone who received their first vaccine dose through the Othena system (which began January 6) will automatically receive their 2nd dose appointment confirmation through Othena. Everyone who received their 1st dose through their health system, employer, or other group will receive the 2nd dose from the same source.

January 16, 2021

  • The County is prioritizing vaccinations following State guidelines to target high-risk populations to reduce mortality rates and open up critical care service availability. Appointments are scheduled through Othena.com as doses become available.
  • The Disneyland Resort Super POD successfully opened this week, dispensing over 3500 vaccines per day and helping to define operational efficiency for additional Super PODs opening soon.
  • Approximately 32,000 vaccine administered and more than 256,000 users successfully registered through the Othena.com platform to date, even while the site experienced extraordinary user traffic – more than 100 million user sessions during one 24-hour period. Site improvements are happening daily and additional support for the Othena.com user experience will be available soon.