Since opening on Wednesday, January 13, the Disneyland Resort Super POD COVID-19 vaccination center has given coronavirus vaccinations to approximately 23,000 people as of yesterday. 9,000 vaccinations were given on Friday, January 15, alone. When combined with vaccinations at the prior site located at the North Net Training Facility (a firefighter training center), 28,000 vaccines have been done.
The vaccinations are given in two doses, about three weeks apart. Countywide, 108,812 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Orange County as a whole: 88,539 first doses, and 20,272 second doses. Orange County is out-performing the state in terms of administering vaccines.
Currently, 4,000 to 5,000 doses are administered daily at the Disneyland Resort Super POD, with a goal of ramping that up to 7,000 doses daily. The supersite is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week.
The current supersite is operated in partnership with the County of Orange and being hosted by the Disneyland Resort on its Toy Story parking lot, and is using the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna. The outdoor vaccination center was closed today, January 19, due to high winds.
Vaccinations are currently being offered to people who fall under Phase 1A, as defined by Governor Gavin Newsom: basically, critical healthcare workers, doctors and dentists, firefighters, paramedics, residents of congregate nursing facilities and people 65 years and older. Approximately 800,000 Orange Countians fall into at least one of those categories.
While all eligible Orange County residents can obtain vaccination at the Disneyland Resort Super POD, vaccinations are by appointment only via the Othena, the County’s online vaccination registration platform. No walk-in appointments are allowed. You can access Othena by clicking here. Registrants will be able contacted in order to schedule an appointment, as the vaccination supply allows.
To date, over 256,000 people have been registered through Othena, with an average of 12,000 registrations per hour, according to Supervisor Don Wagner.
“Due to high demand, the site only books 3 days out as we have more arms than vaccines at the moment,” said Supervisor Wagner.
Although staffing continues to be a challenge – particularly in the area of nurses and other clinical staff for administering doses, the goal is to expand operations as much as possible.