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CalOptima to promote COVID-19 vaccinations

CalOptima joins the broader health care community in welcoming the arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations in Orange County this week. Frontline hospital staff who serve CalOptima members and CalOptima members residing in long-term care facilities will be among the first recipients of the FDA-authorized vaccine.

The Orange County Health Care Agency is leading the local effort to distribute the vaccines, and CalOptima is collaborating with the agency to ensure that communications to key groups reinforce the benefits of the vaccine for individuals and the community. CalOptima has posted information on our website here. CalOptima providers also received information about the vaccine here.

The vaccine is particularly important to CalOptima’s nearly 5,000 nursing home residents because of their chronic conditions and higher risk of death if they contract COVID-19. Their vaccinations will be coordinated through community-based pharmacies. Further, CalOptima serves low-income members who live in communities disproportionally impacted by higher case rates, yet those members may need encouragement to seek the vaccine once California permits distribution more broadly. CalOptima will engage community-based organizations to outreach to these members so they have trusted information in multiple languages that builds their confidence and offers direction on obtaining vaccines at no cost.

“CalOptima provides health care coverage for one in four Orange County residents, including some of our most vulnerable, so we have a major role to play in making sure members understand the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Supervisor Andrew Do, Chair of the CalOptima Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “CalOptima’s frontline workers in nursing facilities and in health networks are among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, as they face a higher risk of being exposed to the virus. Their dedication and courage deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration.”

As a community-based health plan, CalOptima will use longstanding collaborative relationships with providers to advance vaccination in Orange County. “For 25 years, CalOptima has partnered with health networks and doctors to provide access to quality care for vulnerable residents,” said Emily Fonda, M.D., Interim Chief Medical Officer. “We look forward to working with the provider community to facilitate their efforts in administering this critical protection against COVID-19.”

This article was released by CalOptima.


  1. Dr. Anil Shah and Dr. Antonio Carbayo specialize in providing healthcare to seniors . We are seeking opportunities to conduct a vaccine event. Please let us know if we can collaborate.

    1. Hi i am 60 old male and a cal optima member i have severe underlying health conditions especialy with my heart and fall under phase 1b where and when cam i get the vaccination as soon as possible ?

      1. I am a Caloptima member 75 years of age with M.S., Asma, and Heart Failure. I know I am in 1b but have seen nothing about when or where to go. Can you please give me some guidance? I live in Laguna Woods, if location matters.

    2. I am an 88 year old living in my own home and have underlying conditions. My GP says no vaccine available. I use Cal Optima for all perscriptions which they mail to my home. I have tried without sucess to obtain any information on how to get vaccine Can you please help me.

  2. IHSS caregivers should be in the first group. I have a disabled daughter being cared for in my home. We wear a mask when she is here but are leery of her bringing it into our home. I am 78 years old and in phase 1b but have been given no information when or where to get vaccinated.

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