Orange County’s second vaccine super site set to boost daily capacity by thousands – OCRegister
Starting Saturday, Jan. 23, Orange County will have a second mass vaccination center in Aliso Viejo, saving south county seniors with appointments to get a COVID-19 shot a trip to Anaheim and boosting the OC Health Care Agency’s daily vaccination capacity by thousands.
The Disneyland Super POD (point-of-distribution), a tented site that opened last week in one of the theme park’s parking lots, is vaccinating about 3,000 people per day. Eventually, the site will handle up to 8,000 a day, and a drive-thru system is on the table, public health officials said.
Ideally, the county’s second center at Soka University off Wood Canyon Drive will process 4,000 to 5,000 people per day, said Dr. Margaret Bredehoft, deputy agency director of the Health Care Agency’s Public Health Services.
“All of this is really dependent on the (vaccine) supply that we have on hand,” she said. “That’s really the bottleneck in Orange County” – as it is in other places.
As of Thursday, Bredehoft said county health staff had 66,000 vaccines on hand, many of which will be allocated to community clinics, local pharmacies and other medical facilities that aren’t getting large shipments directly from state or federal agencies. Another portion, she said, is set to be used at the county’s vaccination sites.
Large multi-county health networks order their own batches of vaccine from the state government, but because many health care providers in Orange County haven’t yet launched efforts to vaccinate their covered seniors, the county has had to absorb a tidal wave of