Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine – What to Know and Do

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Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine – What to Know and Do

Orange County is giving vaccines in the community.
  • Super POD (point of distribution) sites are being used.
  • The first site to open was the Disneyland Resort Super POD.
  • Other PODs will open soon around the county.

Who can get a vaccine?

The County is giving vaccines in phases. The first, Phase 1A, includes people who are the highest risk. Here is a list of people in this group:

  • Front-line health care workers. Persons who work in hospitals, doctor’s office, clinic, or long-term care facilities
  • Other health care workers. EMTs, paramedics, pharmacists, home health staff, and community health workers
  • Other workers. Persons who work at places and are at risk for infection due to their non-clinical work. These people are those who do housekeeping, patient transport, interpretation or other work with patient exposure.
  • Law enforcement. Police and sheriff who work in cities where COVID rates are high such as Anaheim and Santa Ana
  • People in jail or homeless shelters. Places with COVID-19 outbreaks
  • People age 65 and older. The highest priority is those who are most vulnerable and with chronic health conditions.

How do I get an appointment?

Ask your employer. They will give you directions on how to get vaccinated if you are a health care worker.

Or sign-up online (www.Othena.com).

  • You must be in one of the groups listed above.
  • You will receive an email when appointments are available.
  • You will have 4 hours to click on the link and schedule an appointment.
  • If you don’t respond, they will send another email.
  • Keep checking your email.
  • NOTE: Do not go to any of the vaccine locations without an appointment.
What else do I need to do?

You will be asked for proof that you are in one of the groups listed above. You will be turned away and have to come back later if you do not have it.

What proof is needed?

If you are age 65 or older you need to show photo ID and proof for living in OC.

If you are a healthcare worker you need to show photo ID and one of the following:

  • Employee badge with your name
  • Professional license
  • Signed letter from employer on facility letterhead
  • Paystub with your name and your employer’s name
Why should I have to wait?
  • Vaccines are being given by highest risk first. This is due to the limited supply.
  • Everyone will have a chance to get a vaccine.
  • We first need to protect those who need it the most.

Where can I get more information?