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OC Health Care Agency urges residents to get vaccinated for flu and COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Orange County, the OC Health Care Agency (HCA) continues to urge individuals who are not yet vaccinated against both COVID-19 and influenza (flu) to get vaccinated.

“Studies continue to show that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine reduces infections, hospitalizations and deaths,” says Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, Deputy County Health Officer. “Now that we have entered the flu season, getting infected with COVID-19 as well as the flu is a real possibility for anyone who is not yet vaccinated against either disease or is at risk. We encourage the public to continue protecting themselves and loved ones by advocating for COVID-19 and flu vaccination this upcoming holiday season.”

The HCA will be offering the flu vaccine at three locations between October 18-November 5 to adults and children age 3 and over. Those locations include:

  • County of Orange Social Services Agency’s Santa Ana Regional Office – Santa Ana
  • St. Anthony Mary Claret Church – Anaheim
  • Orange Coast College – Costa Mesa

The COVID-19 vaccine will also be available at these sites for eligible individuals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics, flu vaccines can be safely co-administered with COVID-19 vaccines for both eligible children and adults. Eligible residents can register for an appointment at any of the three clinics listed above by visiting www.Othena.com.

For more information on flu shots in Orange County, visit ochealthinfo.com/flu.

For more information on available COVID-19 vaccine distribution channels in Orange County, please visit COVIDVaccineFacts.com and click on “Find a COVID-19 Vaccine.”

Status of COVID-19 Boosters

On October 14-15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a meeting to discuss data on booster doses of the Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines, as well as data on the use of a booster of a different vaccine than the one used for the primary series of an authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine (otherwise known as heterologous or “mix and match” booster).

“We ask for the public’s patience as we await direction on additional booster options from the FDA, CDC and California Department of Public Health,” says Dr. Chinsio-Kwong.
For frequently asked questions about booster doses or third doses for the immunocompromised, please visit COVIDVaccineFacts.com and click on “Vaccine FAQs.”

Status of COVID-19 cases in Orange County

Between October 8 and October 14, the seven-day average COVID-19 case rate dropped from 7.7 to 6.9 per 100,000 people, with the average number of daily COVID-19 cases declining from 249 to 223. The positivity rate also decreased from 2.8 to 2.5 percent, hospitalizations from 214 to 207 per day, and ICU admissions from 44 to 40 per day.

Orange County COVID-19 case counts and testing figures are updated daily, Monday through Friday, at occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc.

The artile above was released by the Orange County Health Care Agency.