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Rep. Steel tours Orange County COVID vaccine site

Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) joined local officials for a tour of the Soka University Super Point of Dispensing (POD) site for a firsthand look at the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Orange County. The site, which opened in January, was the second Super POD site in the region to open this year. The first is at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and the two sites have administered almost 400,000 doses of the vaccine to eligible frontline workers and adults aged 65 and older. The sites are part of “Operation Independence,” the county’s plan to complete all COVID-19 vaccinations by July 4, 2021.

Rep. Steel met with the site’s volunteers, which include Orange County Fire Services personnel, local government employees and health care professionals. She was joined by Orange County Fire Authority Division Chief Mike Petro and Orange County Director of Legislative Affairs Peter DeMarco.

“The volunteers at the Soka University Super POD are doing outstanding work and I’m grateful for their time and dedication to our community. Orange County has made good progress vaccinating our most vulnerable populations, but both the federal and local government should be prioritizing vaccine delivery so that all Californians can be protected. Increasing the availability of vaccines will allow Orange County residents to get back to work, visit at-risk relatives and get our businesses back up and running again,” said Rep. Steel.

“The County of Orange, in conjunction with the local fire agencies, have been providing much needed COVID-19 vaccines to our residents since January,” said Mike Petro, Division Chief, Orange County Fire Authority & Unified Commander of Operation Independence. “It’s our goal to have five POD sites across Orange County to best serve residents throughout the various phases of the vaccination administration.”

The site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Appointments for eligible Californians can be made here: https://www.othena.com/

This article was released by the Office of Congresswoman Michelle Steel.