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COVID-19 vaccines arrived in California in December and immediately began distribution to critical healthcare workers and elderly residents.

As we make our way through January, vaccine opportunities are being expanded to additional healthcare workers such as doctors and dentists, firefighters, paramedics, those in congregate nursing facilities and people 65 years and older.

Right now, the Federal Drug Administration has given emergency authorization to two vaccines, made by companies Pfizer and Moderna

More vaccines could be authorized in coming months. 

The general public will likely be able to get the vaccine in mid-2021. We have partnered with the county to host vaccination sites, including a large super site now open in our city. This site, in addition to others expected to come online in coming months, will ultimately be where the general public can go to get vaccinated.

Questions? Contact OC Health Care Agency at (714) 834-2000 or email Othena's support team at support@compsiteapps.net.

How do I make an appointment?

If you live in Orange County and are eligible to get the vaccine, you can register for here via Othena, the county's vaccine appointment platform. You should also download the Othena app on Apple or Android to make your appointment quicker and easier.

The county is experiencing extremely high demand for appointments. Once you register with your information, you'll be entered into the virtual queue and will receive an email when it's your turn to make an appointment.

You may also be able to get a vaccine through your employer or healthcare provider.

Your second dose: If you received your first vaccine dose through the Othena system — for Anaheim it would have been given at North Net Training Facility or the Super POD site at Disneyland Resort — you will automatically receive an appointment confirmation through Othena for the second dose.

If you received your first dose through your healthcare provider, employer, or other group, you'll get the second dose from the same source.

Vaccines in Anaheim and Orange County


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Orange County received its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 16.

Anaheim is working closely with the county and our local community partners to ensure targeted, safe distribution of the vaccines. Anaheim Fire & Rescue has been heavily involved in vaccine rollout and has been instrumental in launching the Anaheim Super POD vaccine site, and providing paramedics to administer vaccines.

The county has developed a vaccine task force to oversee vaccine distribution. Here is a link to the county's dashboard showing the gender, age and ethnicity of those who have received the vaccine. 

Read more about the county's vaccine distribution plan here.

You can sign up to register with Othena, the county's vaccine appointment app, to get in the virtual queue and be notified when you are eligible to make a vaccine appointment.

The app is now available for both Apple and Android users.

Visit the county's vaccine website here.

Find answers to frequently asked questions from the county here.

Questions? Contact OC Health Care Agency at (714) 834-2000 or email Othena's support team at support@compsiteapps.net.

Is it Safe?

While there's been a lot of talk and politics surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, rest assured that the vaccine is safe.

The vaccine does not contain the virus. It will not give you COVID-19. The vaccine contains biological material that helps your body learn how to fight the virus.

The vaccines have been carefully evaluated in clinical trials.

Of the tens of thousands of shots given out in Anaheim so far, we've had no major issues and very few reactions.

Most of the COVID-19 vaccines require two shots given about a month apart.

It's essential that everyone get vaccinated when they are able so we can build up immunity and get past this crisis.

Learn more about how the vaccine works here.

Read federal updates and news on the vaccines here.

California Vaccine Distribution 

Vaccinate ALL 58 ENGLISHThe state's independent Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, a partnership with the states of Washington and Oregon, have verified the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine and have developed a plan for distribution.

In summary, the first people to be vaccinated will be those in high-risk settings, such as hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

Read California's plan and find frequently asked questions here.

How can I help?

The county is looking for volunteers when we do roll out the public vaccination sites. Sign up here or scan the code below with your phone.

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when can i get the vaccine

We appreciate that everyone is eager for their turn to get vaccinated so we can get back to normal and keep our community healthy.

In line with state and county guidelines, vaccines will be administered in Orange County and Anaheim in a specific order.

We are currently in Phase 1A, which includes healthcare workers and frontline, emergency workers and those age 65 and older.

Vaccines are currently being offered BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The only site in Anaheim currently distributing vaccines is the super POD site at the Toy Story Parking Area, 300 W. Katella Ave., near Disneyland Resort.

No walk-ups are accepted at this site.

The North Net Training Center vaccine distribution site is now CLOSED.

For now, you can click here to register and get a notification when you are eligible to make an appointment for a vaccine via the Othena app, which is what the county is using to track vaccine distribution.

PLEASE NOTE: Vaccines at Orange County sites are reserved for Orange County residents, or those who work in the county, ONLY. In addition, you will be asked to provide proof that you are eligible to receive the vaccine when you arrive on site. This could be a letter from your employer, paystub, employee badge, etc.

Read more about the phases here or read below.

phase 1a

The first vaccines are allocated for healthcare and frontline workers who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 because they work directly with patients.

The group includes Orange County residents age 65 and older.

Also included are as those who work in:

  • 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
  • Emergency medical services, including paramedics and emergency medical technicians
  • Dialysis centers
  • Intermediate care facilities
  • Home healthcare and in-home supportive services
  • Community health workers, including promotoras
  • Public health field staff
  • Primary care clinics, including urgent care clinics
  • Specialty clinics
  • Laboratories
  • Dental and other oral health clinics
  • Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers
  • Law enforcement in Anaheim and Santa Ana, or correctional facilities
  • Homeless shelters experiencing outbreaks

If you fall into Phase 1A, please contact your employer to find out how to make an appointment. 

You will be asked to show proof that you are eligible at the vaccine site. This could be an employee badge, a signed letter from your employer on proper letterhead, a recent paystub or your professional license.

phase 1b

The next phase of vaccinations are allocated for those who are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as well as others who have greater exposure risk at work.

There are two tiers within the second phase of vaccine distribution. It's unclear whether both tiers will open at the same time, as they did for Phase 1A. 

We anticipate vaccines will be available to this group in February.

This phase includes those who are:

Tier 1:

  • At risk of exposure at work in:
    • Education or childcare, such as teachers and daycare workers
    • Emergency services, such as emergency management workers, those manufacturing equipment for fire or police, weather disaster workers, child services workers, animal control workers, dispatch call center workers
    • Food and agriculture, such as grocery store and pharmacy workers, restaurant workers, food manufacturing workers, farmworkers, food warehouse workers, cafeteria workers, animal care facility employees 

Tier 2:

  • At risk of exposure at work in:
    • Transportation and logistics, such as bus drivers, pilots, warehouse workers, maintenance and repair technicians, maintenance workers for roads or bridges, truck drivers, delivery workers
    • Industrial, commercial, residential, sheltering facilities and services, such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, construction workers, building material manufacturing workers, hardware store workers, security guards, hotel workers at hotels housing COVID-19 workers, legal services, property managers, janitorial workers, family care providers  
    • Critical manufacturing, such as those who work in warehouses that manufacture medical or personal protective equipment, technology and communications equipment
    • Residents at jails and homeless shelters

You can read more about who falls into each sector here.

If you fall into this phase, you'll be able to get vaccinated at a county mass vaccination site, or get information through your employer. More details will come as we move closer to vaccinating this group.

phase 1c

The next group of vaccinations are allocated for those who are at risk of severe illness because of an underlying condition, as well as additional essential workers. 

There have not been tiers identified yet for this group. Vaccination is expected to begin in February or March.

Phase 1C includes those who are:

  • Age 50 and older
  • Age 16-64 who have an underlying health condition or disability
  • Those at risk of exposure at work in:
    • Water and wastewater
    • Defense
    • Energy
    • Chemical and hazardous materials
    • Communications and IT
    • Financial services
    • Government operations and community-based essential functions

If you fall into this phase, you'll be able to get vaccinated at a county mass vaccination site, or get information through your employer. You may also be notified through the Orange County Health Care Agency of where to get vaccinated. More details will come as we move closer to vaccinating this group.

general population

Those who are not identified in the first phases of vaccination are expected to be able to get vaccinated in summer 2021.

The county is moving through the vaccine distribution phases as quickly as possible based on supply from the state and federal government. 

We will provide updates on how to sign up to get vaccinated at a county site once we have more information.

Stop Vaccine Scams

As we begin to see distribution of the vaccine, unfortunately we're also seeing reports of vaccine-related scams in the community.

If you suspect a scam or unauthorized sale of the vaccine, please call the county at (714) 834-3482 or email reportascam@da.ocgov.com.