The first round of COVID-19 vaccines will likely be available after the end of November. In California, we will likely get a significant number of vaccines in mid-winter to late spring. The OC Vaccine Task Force is meeting and prioritization at first will be those with the highest risk of being infected and spreading COVID-19.
The plan for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine is a phased one, in which high-risk/high-priority groups receive the first, limited amounts of vaccine, and as more become available, more groups are included until there is enough vaccine to serve the entire population. Many of the policies and procedures for vaccine distribution will be developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), but counties have the responsibility of determining their unique needs in terms of identifying priority groups and vaccine providers as well as encouraging acceptance of the vaccine among local residents.
OC Health Care Agency (HCA) vaccine planning involves using input from our staff, from medical experts and from the community, to assist us in developing procedures that meet all CDC and state regulations, while addressing the unique needs of the Orange County (OC) community. For additional information, click here.
The California Public Health Officials Release Theme Parks Guidance. Smaller theme parks (defined as parks with an overall capacity fewer than 15,000) may resume limited operations in Tier 3 (Moderate/Orange) with capacity limited to 25 percent or 500 people, whichever is fewer. Smaller parks operating in Tier 3 (Moderate/Orange) may only open outdoor attractions, and ticket sales must be limited to visitors residing in the same county as the park. All theme parks may resume operations in Tier 4 (Minimal/Yellow) at 25 percent capacity. For more information, click here.
Personal and social activities guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.