Currently all healthcare workers, 1st responders and residents over 65 years old are eligible to schedule a vaccination in Orange County
At this time there are 2 “County Pods” where the vaccine is being administered. Also through several communities, clinics and eventually pharmacies. Two such communities are Woods Village and Leisure World. The Pods are located at Soka University in Aliso Viejo and at Disneyland (in the parking lot). More sites may be added soon. Disneyland is an outdoor tented facility while Soka is indoors using their gymnasium.
Register on Othena
The first step in getting access to the vaccine through the county Pods (and in future to pharmacies) is to register on the Othena website or APP (smartphones, tablets). Othena is a third party web and app that the OC Health Agency has contracted to provide online scheduling of vaccinations. The website for Othena is www.othena.com.
Click “First Time User” and you will be prompted through the registration process. If there are available time slots at either of the 2 Pod sites you will be able to choose a date, location and time for the 1st vaccination. If there are no times available, you will be placed in the “waiting room”. When an available slot opens up the system will send you an email with a link to the scheduling page. It’s important to act on this immediately. Slots fill up very quickly.
Once you’ve been vaccinated with your first dose, you will be scheduled for the second dose. The second dose will be 3 or 4 weeks later depending on which brand of vaccine you received. There may soon be additional vaccines that may only require a single dose.
Community Vaccination Sites
Laguna Woods Village in Laguna Woods and Leisure World in Seal Beach both offer community based vaccination programs. Click on the links for more information.
To read details of the distribution plan go to OC Health Agency Vaccine Distribution.
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