The State is providing prioritization and allocation guidance to local health jurisdictions and health care providers so that the vaccine can be equitably distributed and administered at the community level to everyone in California who wants it. It expects to have enough supplies to vaccinate most Californians in all 58 counties by summer 2021.
In addition, volunteers are needed to assist Orange County government staff with COVID-19 vaccinations at Points of Distribution (POD) sites this year. The County of Orange is looking to establish two teams of volunteers: those willing to serve as medical trained volunteers, and those willing to serve as general support volunteers. For more information, and to register as a volunteer, please visit the volunteer portal at oneoc.org. *Please use Google Chrome to access this form.
COVID-19 vaccines are here
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines. More vaccines may be authorized this year. Learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines and watch a video on what an EUA is.
Vaccine safety is a top priority
COVID-19 vaccines authorized by FDA have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how the federal government is working to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
To ensure the COVID-19 vaccine meets safety requirements, California formed a Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to provide recommendations to California leadership and build public confidence in vaccines. The Workgroup completed their concurrent and thorough review of the federal process and have confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccines authorized by FDA are safe and effective.
The County of Orange, with the Orange County Fire Authority, launched ‘Operation Independence’ to help administer COVID-19 vaccinations in the county. An Incident Management Team is working to secure locations and sites where vaccines can be administered to Orange County residents in a phased, tiered approach.
California is in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution, which covers:
- Health care workers
- Workers and residents at skilled nursing facilities
- Workers and residents at other congregate living facilities
These groups have been contacted by the Orange County Health Care Agency to schedule appointments to receive the vaccine at designated locations in Orange County.
Physicians in private practice who are uncertain about how they can get a vaccination appointment are encouraged to contact the Orange County Medical Association.
For updates on when you can get vaccinated, visit the Orange County Health Care Agency website.
If you have additional questions, please call the Orange County Health Care Agency's Vaccine Hotline at 714-628-7085.
In addition, Governor Newsom announced that California has opted in to the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership. The program will enable counties to leverage CVS and Walgreens pharmacy staff to administer the vaccine more broadly with pharmacy staff going directly to care facilities. Skilled Nursing Facilities will receive the vaccine from staff from CVS and Walgreens. Approximately 499 nursing homes will be provided vaccine by CVS and 357 by Walgreens.
State of California Resources:
Orange County Health Care Agency Resources:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
- When Can I Get Vaccinated
- Vaccines Administered in Orange County
- Vaccine Hotline: 714-628-7085