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County Health Officer opens COVID-19 vaccine to Residents Ages 65 and Older

County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau today announced that all Orange County (OC) residents ages 65 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I reached this decision after carefully reviewing case, hospitalization/intensive care unit (ICU), and mortality data related to older adults and noting the especially concerning outcomes for this specific population here in OC,” said Dr. Chau, County Health Officer and Director of the OC Health Care Agency (HCA). “My aim is to reduce hospitalizations and deaths as rapidly as possible, and we must prioritize our vaccine allocation to protect the most vulnerable in our community.”

A note from the editor of Orange County Breeze: please do not leave comments that include personally identifying information such as your phone number or address. Orange County Breeze cannot help individuals receive a vaccine faster. Our staff and family members are in the same boat as our readers: waiting to become eligible, waiting to get an appointment. All we can do is promise to publish information as fast as we are able.

OC Emergency Medical Services polled 25 hospitals with emergency departments on January 10, 2021, and 13 of those hospitals responded with data based on age group of patients currently hospitalized, in the ICU, and dependent on ventilators. Additionally, they provided the County Health Officer with weekly survey data from the hospitals that received CARES Act funding from the County of Orange.

Findings include:

  1. Older adults have dramatically higher death rates in OC;
  2. Deaths to older adults from COVID-19 have increased dramatically since November, exceeding those in July and August;
  3. Currently, 54% of persons hospitalized for COVID-19 are over age 60; 72% of patients in the ICU and 72% of patients on ventilators are over age 60;
  4. Hospital cases are rising most rapidly among 65 to 84 year olds;
  5. Older adults from low Health Equity census tracts are almost twice as likely to die from COVID-19 compared to seniors who live in more affluent areas.

All residents are encouraged to register to be notified when the County of Orange’s vaccine and testing management app, Othena, has appointments available and is ready for their use by visiting https://othena.com/individuals.php and filling out the online form.

The success of the County’s phased, tiered vaccination plan depends on everyone being patient and allowing priority groups to be vaccinated first. Overwhelming the appointment system will make it even more challenging to dispense the limited supply of vaccine currently available. As vaccine becomes more plentiful, additional appointments will become available, and eligibility will open up to other groups.

To learn more about the County’s Phased Distribution plan, please visit www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com.

This article was released by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

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29 Comments

  1. Clayton Chau should be removed from his position. The buck stops at the top. The system for vaccination of person age 65 and over is worthless since I, 80 years old, have attempted to register and your on line registration is a failure. I was informed, email, to register but all the system does is note it is “loading” and gets no further. It has been downloading for 2 days.

  2. The contents of this comment were removed because they contained personal information.

    Please do not leave comments with personal information.

    Orange County Breeze is not in charge of appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations. Contact your health care provider or use the Othena website for Orange County, CA.

    1. We need to get the vaccine shots

      1. Please let us know when can we get the COVID-19 vaccinations

        1. Frank and Jean,

          Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

          Orange County Breeze has no information beyond what we have published, except for maybe this: we understand that the County is well aware of the problems encountered by too many people trying to secure an appointment in too short a time. These problems are technical (the County is working with the software manufacturer), logistical (the State of California needs to secure more vaccine, and deliver the vaccine that it already has), and time-dependent (more appointment slots need to be opened up, but that means more points-of-dispensing need to be opened).

          As we learn more, we will publish more.

          In the meantime, be patient, check with your health care provider, and check back using the County’s Othena app or website to see if any appointments have opened up.

          Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

          Shelley Henderson
          editor, Orange County Breeze

  3. I am 64 (01/01/1957) years old, but I have prostate cancer and handicaps now. Can I get COVID-19 vaccine? Please let me know. Thanks

    1. Mr. Truong,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Orange County Breeze cannot answer your question. You must ask the Orange County Health Care Agency, or your health care provider. Register for a vaccine through the County’s Othena website.

      The County’s Othena website, from all that we’ve heard, is overwhelmed by the number of individuals trying to make appointments — but it is currently the only way to register to get vaccinated.

      Please be patient, and keep trying.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

      1. Trying doesn’t do a thing if there is no place for place you have health problems, just age. Where do you find that? My doctor says I should get it. I am 62. It shuts you down after that.

  4. The question everyone should be asking is why they are asking for so much personally identifiable information?

    All they need is an email address. Even this page has a warning “Do not leave comments that include personally identifying information such as your phone number or address. ”

    Instead they ask for name, complete address, email address and phone number which goes into a database and creates yet another place for hackers to attack and steal our personal information. Othena is NOT the government. They do NOT need this information.

  5. The contents of this comment were removed because they contain personal information.

    Do NOT leave comments here at Orange County Breeze expecting an appointment to be vaccinated.

    All we do is publish information as we receive or gather it. We have no “pull” to get an appointment.

  6. If Orange County has contracted with Othena, they have failed to either write a good contract or enforce it. The website and app have not worked properly for days. No appointments at all, even after checking 20.30 different times during day. Othena should be penalized or terminated. Their software build is Jan 3 2021… any decent software company would have several revisions since then given the problems that they are having. Very disappointing at every level .

    1. Agreed. I have registered and tried to get an appointment but the site indicates that no appointments are available, ever. I tried through April

  7. Registered on Othena but the website does not recognize my email or password so I can’t check back daily as I was instructed?

  8. My husband is 60 years old, an essential worker who cares for disabled adults. When will he & those like him be able to get vaccinated?

  9. My husband and I are over 75 years old. We have both had Cancer. We also watch our grandchildren.

  10. We are a family of 3, 96 years, 75 years and 72

  11. 78 years old diabetic, cancer patient want to be vaccinated to reduce possibility of Covid
    909 238-XXXX

    This comment has been edited to remove the exact telephone number.

  12. Thank you for posting this vital information!
    I followed through on registering my wife and I on the Othena site. We’re in our 70’s. As someone who is conservator of one of our adult children and having to be active around the OC community on his behalf, getting the vaccine means a great deal to us.

  13. The website registration page only asks for name, city, email address and phone. Does it send another email to ask for more information such as age and home address so we know where to go to get the vaccine or if it close to our home?

    1. Diem,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Orange County Breeze has no further information.

      At a guess, I would say that you’ll get an email that lists appointments available at particular sites. Since the Disneyland Resort is the only site open as yet, if you get an email you’re likely to be directed there.

      But we don’t really know.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

    2. I filled out the registration form but have received no more information. How do I know how to make an appt for the COVID vaccine?

  14. Great approach, since the crammed hospitals are be most urgent concern.

    Will it be expanded to 60+ soon? That’s the age cut-off sited in the article.

    I’m nearly 64 and feel left out.

    1. Brad,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      The Orange County Health Care Agency has not indicated when the next expansion of eligibility will take place. It depends on the vaccine available, how many people take advantage of their eligibility, how quickly new vaccination sites can be brought online, and how quickly people can be processed through the vaccination sites.

      Orange County Breeze will let our readers know as quickly as we know when eligibility is expanded.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

  15. Tried again and again to schedule a vaccine appointment but no dates available. Why announce 65 and older can get vaccine when they cannot!!!! Major failures at every level.

    1. Karen,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      According to the Orange County Health Care Agency:

      All residents are encouraged to register to be notified when the County of Orange’s vaccine and testing management app, Othena, has appointments available and is ready for their use by visiting https://othena.com/individuals.php and filling out the online form.

      Once registered through othena, you will be notified when there are appointments available.

      Please understand that the County has a limited supply of vaccine, and limited appointment slots. Be patient. Getting everyone vaccinated is a huge undertaking.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

    2. We are both in our 70s

  16. How to get registered to go to Disney Lasnd site for Vaccination me & my wife both are over 75 plz. advise

    1. Kirit,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      According to the Orange County Health Care Agency:

      All residents are encouraged to register to be notified when the County of Orange’s vaccine and testing management app, Othena, has appointments available and is ready for their use by visiting https://othena.com/individuals.php and filling out the online form.

      Once registered through othena, you will be notified when there are appointment available.

      Please note that the County has a limited supply of vaccine, and limited appointment slots. Be patient. Getting everyone vaccinated is a monumental undertaking.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

      1. Trying to sign up for my wife and I to get app to
        For vaccine we are both XXXXX. I was able to get my wife registered. They will not let me register because we use the same email address. How can I register?

        This comment has been edited to remove personal information. Please do not leave personal information in the comments here at Orange County Breeze.

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