Anaheim POD at Disneyland: CLOSED THROUGH MARCH 8
Super POD at Anaheim Convention Center: OPEN, MODERNA ONLY
If you need additional assistance, you can reach out to the county hotline at (714) 834-2000.
Read more about the Anaheim PODs here.
Note: The Anaheim POD at Disneyland will be closed until March 8 to be transitioned to a drive-thru vaccine site for those with mobility challenges.
Vaccines: Where we're at
We are providing vaccines at the Anaheim POD at Disneyland Resort and at the Super POD at Anaheim Convention Center.
Vaccines are based on a schedule of who can get vaccinated and when.
Right now, vaccines are available to those who fall in what's known as Phase 1A and Phase 1B, tier 1.
Phase 1A includes: healthcare workers, first responders, nursing home residents and those 65 and older.
Phase 1B, tier 1 includes: educators, childcare workers and those who work in food and agriculture.
Those eligible must live or work in Orange County.
While vaccine supplies are limited, we expect to see vaccines expand to more people in coming weeks.
Right now, it takes about 2-4 weeks from the day you register on Othena to get a link to make an appointment.
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. general public mid-2021.
The Federal Drug Administration has given emergency authorization to three vaccines, by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two shots and are being administered in Anaheim and Orange County.
We expect to begin administering Johnson & Johnson, which requires only one shot, in the coming days.
A fourth vaccine, from AstraZeneca, is in use in Europe and under review in the U.S. It could become available here in coming months.
It's possible additional vaccines, currently undergoing clinical trials, could come on the market in coming months.
How do I make an appointment?
If you live or work in Orange County and are eligible, you can register here via Othena, the county's vaccine appointment system.
You should also download the Othena app on Apple or Android to make your appointment quicker and easier.
The county is experiencing high demand for appointments. Even if eligible, you will encounter delays and waits getting an appointment.
There are just not enough doses available to vaccinate everyone eligible now, and allocated appointments are a way to manage that.
We've also seen technical issues, which we know are frustrating and are being worked through.
Once you register, you'll be entered into a digital waiting room and receive an email to respond and make your appointment. It usually takes about 2-4 weeks to get your appointment link.
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 email@example.com..
The county has begun offering vaccines to teachers and others working in education and childcare at dedicated, smaller PODs. To make an appointment, click here.
The state has also announced an equity measurement related to equal distribution of vaccines that could direct more vaccines to hard-hit neighborhoods. We'll provide more details as we get them on this. Learn more on our reopening page.
You can find more locations to make vaccine appointments in Orange County here.
How do I get my second shot?
If you received your first vaccine dose through the Othena system, you will automatically receive an appointment for the second dose.
If you got your first shot in Anaheim at a county site, you will automatically receive an appointment confirmation through Othena for the second dose at the Super POD at Anaheim Convention Center or at the Anaheim POD at Disneyland.
If you got your first shot at clinics held at Magnolia High School or East Anaheim Gymnasium, you could either get notice for a second shot at those same locations or at one of the Anaheim super sites.
If you don't receive a notification of a second dose appointment from Othena a few days prior to your second dose "due" date, please call the county's hotline at (714) 834-2000 for help.
Getting your second dose is easier and faster, as you're already registered. You'll just be asked the same health screening questions you answered for your first dose.
Remember to bring your paper Centers for Disease Control vaccination card with you to your second appointment, along with your ID.
If you received your first dose through your healthcare provider, employer, or other group, you'll get the second dose from the same source.
Can I get a vaccine through my healthcare provider?
Some providers, including healthcare employers, healthcare groups and individual doctors offices, may also be administering vaccines.
Please know vaccines through providers are not widespread at this time, and you may be referred to one of the county's public sites.
Can I get vaccinated through a pharmacy?
Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid are administering vaccines in Orange County, in accordance with the county's rollout plan for those who are eligible.
These appointments are very limited.
For seniors and others with special needs, pharmacies will provide an additional option.
For information on vaccines through Walgreens, click here.
For information on CVS, click here. You can also call (800) 746-7287.
For information on Rite Aid, click here.
As the state ramps up its vaccine distribution, thanks to a new partnership with Blue Shield California, there will be more ways to register for a vaccine appointment.
You can find more information on the Blue Shield vaccine distribution here.
The state also has its own registration system called "My Turn." The county has said that the state system will ultimately integrate with Othena, the county's registration portal.
You can continue to register with Othena, but if you'd like to try My Turn as well, register here.
Read California's plan and find frequently asked questions
Is it Safe?
There's a lot of talk and even misinformation surrounding COVID-19 vaccines. But rest assured: Vaccines are safe.
The vaccine does not contain the virus. It will not give you COVID-19.
The vaccine contains the biological blueprint to create a harmless protein associated with coronavirus, which then 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. Paramedics are always on hand in the rare case there is a reaction.
Most 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.
How can I help?
The county is looking for some volunteers, particularly nurses and other clinicians who can administer vaccines. Sign up here or scan the code below with your phone.
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, nursing home residents, frontline, emergency workers and those age 65 and older.
Registration for vaccines has also expanded to what's known as Phase 1B, tier 1: educators, childcare workers and those who work in food and agriculture. Appointments will be scheduled for this group once vaccine supply is received from the state, expected in coming days.
Vaccines are currently being offered BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
There are two public sites in Anaheim distributing vaccines: the Anaheim POD at Disneyland Resort, 300 W. Katella Ave., and the Super POD at Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave.
No walk-ups are accepted at either site.
The North Net Training Center vaccine distribution site, which operated in late December and early January, is now CLOSED.
We are working with the county to see more vaccination clinics at our community centers and schools. These will be largely by invitation only via direct outreach to hard hit neighborhoods, and will focus on ensuring equitable distribution vaccines in our city.
Additional county sites at Soka University in Aliso Viejo and Santa Ana College are open to residents across the county, including from Anaheim.
Click here to register and get a notification when you are eligible to make an appointment for a vaccine.
PLEASE NOTE: Vaccines at Orange County sites are reserved for Orange County residents, or those who work in the county, ONLY.
Please bring with you proof of appointment (on the app or printed out), your ID and, if it's your second dose, your paper vaccination card.
Read more about the phases here or read below.
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
- 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 go to Othena.com to register for an appointment.
You can also contact your employer to find out if vaccines are being offered through work.
You will be asked to show proof that you are eligible at the vaccine site. This includes proof of age and residence in Orange County, if you're 65+. For professionals or those who qualify because they work in the county, this could be an employee badge, a signed letter from your employer on proper letterhead, a recent paystub or your professional license.
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. Right now, Orange County has only cleared the way for Tier 1 to begin vaccinations.
Appointments will begin soon, once the county's vaccine supply is received.
This phase includes those who are:
- 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, farm workers, food warehouse workers, cafeteria workers, animal care facility employees
- 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, pharmacy, your doctor or through your employer. Make an appointment for a county site at Othena.com.
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 official tiers identified yet for this group. However, the state has indicated those who are 16-64 with underlying conditions are eligible to register with Othena or My Turn starting March 15.
Residents will be asked to self-attest to the following eligible health conditions:
- Cancer, current with weakened immune system
- Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
- Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
- Down syndrome
- Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
- Sickle cell disease
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
- Severe obesity (Body Mass Index greater than 40)
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5 percent
If as a result of a developmental or other severe high-risk disability one or more of the following applies:
- The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
- Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
- Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability.
Read more here.
Later parts of Phase 1C, expected to begin in late March or April, include those who are:
- Age 50 and older
- Those at risk of exposure at work in:
- Water and wastewater
- 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, a pharmacy, your doctor's office or 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.