More Orange County Seniors Can Now Get Coronavirus VaccineVoice of OC

Orange County seniors 65 years and older can now get coronavirus vaccinations following county public health officials bumping the vulnerable group up on the priority tiers. 

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County public health officer and Director of OC Health Care Agency Dr. Clayton Chau said an emergency vaccine task force meeting was held Sunday night. 

“Almost all of them signed onto that call Sunday night,” Chau said at the County Supervisors public virus update Tuesday. “We will start to vaccinate seniors of the age of 65 and above in Orange County, adding them to the Tier 1a.” 

Healthcare workers and first responders are also listed in that tier. 

The new push for seniors comes after widespread criticism of slow vaccinations, not just in OC, but across the state. 

After seeing a slow roll out state public health officials called local health departments up and down the state, warning them to increase vaccination efforts or risk losing some of their doses. 

“The state was in a state of panic,” Chau said. 

Chau told Supervisors Orange County received additional doses from other counties “who can not do it quick enough.” 

“So we had 170,000 doses allocated to us. We left nothing,” Chau said. “Because we left nothing at the state, the state, this morning, just gave us 6,000 more doses.” 

The renewed vaccination efforts also come after concerns from local doctors, dentists, nurses, medical assistance and other health care workers not connected to hospitals.

Hospital workers were the first to start the two-part vaccination process last month, when OC received the vaccines. 

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