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(Last Updated December 30, 2021)

FIND A VACCINE: Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. As the HCA focuses on delivering vaccines to our most vulnerable population and hard-to-reach communities, individuals who have not yet received their initial vaccine series are encouraged to visit any local pharmacy or healthcare provider, or go online to Vaccines.gov, MyTurn.ca.gov or Othena.com, to schedule a vaccination appointment. See where vaccines are available near you HERE.

OC COVID-19 HOTLINE: The OC COVID-19 Hotline is available to answer questions about vaccine-related issues, including booking appointments, or assistance with transportation. Live operators are available Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (714) 834-2000.

COVID-19 TESTING: With more social gatherings occurring, COVID-19 testing can help prevent the risk of spread. Plan to get a viral COVID-19 test at least 1-3 days before and 3-5 days after trips, or following exposure or showing symptoms. Visit www.ochealthinfo.com/covidtest to order an at-home, self-collection testing kit.

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  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 1/19/22, Omicron greater risk for young than other variants; US trends follow South Africa, UK. The omicron coronavirus variant may pose more of a threat for youth than earlier variants, according to a study of early hospitalization data from a large medical insurance program in South Africa. Published Jan. 18, the data analysis was conducted by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and included 56,164 COVID-19 hospital admissions among more than 2 million beneficiaries of the Government Employees Medical Scheme.
     

    Findings include an admission rate 49 percent higher amid omicron for children under age 4 compared to delta surges. The hospitalization rate for 4 and under was also higher than it was amid surges fueled by the original virus and beta. For children 4-18 years old, admissions were 25 percent higher during omicron than delta, although lower than for beta.  READ MORE

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 1/10/22, Unvaccinated adult COVID-19 hospitalizations cost $13.8B in 6 months, analysis finds.  COVID-19 hospitalizations of unvaccinated adults cost $13.8 billion from June to November 2021, according to a recent analysis by Kaiser Family Foundation.
     

    KFF examined HHS data of confirmed adult COVID-19 hospitalizations and CDC data of COVID-19 hospitalizations of vaccinated people. The average cost of a COVID-19 hospitalization is about $20,000, according to KFF. READ MORE

  • Becker’s Hospital Review, 1/3/22, DS expands use of Pfizer vaccine, Oks boosters for kids 12-15. The FDA authorized Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 booster shots for 12- to 15-year-olds Jan. 3. The agency also shortened the length of time between the completion of a primary vaccination series and receiving a Pfizer booster dose from six months to five months for everyone 12 and older, and authorized a third dose for certain immunocompromised children 5 to 11, such as solid organ transplant recipients. READ MORE
  • Practice Update, 12/28/21, As Omicron Spreads, Child Hospitalizations Climbs 30 Percent in the Past Week. Child hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped 30 percent this past week as the omicron variant spread like wildfire throughout the United States.

    By Dec. 28, the country had an average of 260 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations each day, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In New York City alone, child hospitalizations are up fivefold since early December, nearly all among unvaccinated children, CBS News reported. READ MORE
  • Practice Update/COVID-19 Spotlight, 12/23/21, FDA Authorizes First Oral Antiviral for Treatment of COVID-19. An Early Christmas Present. As the omicron variant is surging and threatening to bring havoc to the holiday season, we have been blessed with an early Christmas present in the form of an FDA Emergency Use Authorization.[1] Paxlovir is the first oral agent approved for treatment of COVID-19. An oral agent will greatly simplify the management of moderate to severe COVID-19 infection. READ MORE
  • Becker's Hospital Review, 12/21/21, Biden's plan to fight omicron: 5 things to know. President Joe Biden will announce new initiatives Dec. 21 that his administration is rolling out as the omicron variant contributes to a surge in new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

    Senior administration officials outlined the measures to reporters Dec. 21 ahead of the president's planned speech at the White House. President Biden is announcing the new steps as the omicron variant has overtaken delta as the dominant coronavirus variant in the U.S. As of Dec. 18, more than 73 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. were caused by omicron, genomic surveillance data from the CDC shows. READ MORE
  • Becker's Hospital Review, 12/21/21, CDC: Omicron now accounts for 73% of US cases; 1st US death reported. The omicron coronavirus variant has quickly become the dominant strain in the U.S., accounting for 73.2 percent of new infections for the week ending Dec. 18, genomic surveillance data from the CDC shows. That's up from just 13 percent Dec. 11, the updated data reflects, underlining the strain's increased transmissibility. Before the data was updated on Dec. 20, the strain was believed to represent 3 percent of cases Dec. 14. READ MORE
  • Becker's Hospital Review, 12/15/21, Omicron is fastest spreading COVID-19 strain: The latest CDC, WHO updates. The omicron variant is spreading faster than any other COVID-19 variant, the World Health Organization warned during a Dec. 14 news conference.

    "Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, WHO director-general. Preliminary findings from researchers in South Africa, where omicron was first detected, suggest the variant spreads more than twice as fast as delta, currently the dominant strain in the U.S.
  • Endpoints News, 12/15/21, A new antibody treatment offers long-awaited hope for immunocompromised patients, if Omicron doesn't get here first. When Laura Burns went to get her first Covid-19 shot last January, no one had warned her that the vaccines might not work for her. Burns, the recipient of a double-lung transplant in 2016, knew to be careful about the medicines she took. She consulted with her transplant team when the Pfizer and Moderna shots were authorized and only signed up after being told the vaccines would likely be safe for her, which they were.

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The OC Health Care Agency is scheduling COVID-19 vaccines online through www.Othena.com or by downloading the app on iPhone or Android.

Individuals who live or work in Orange County, CA can register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine online through www.Othena.com or by downloading the app on iPhone or Android.

Read some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about using the Othena user platform HERE

BE AWARE: The OC Health Care Agency has partnered with Composite Apps, developer of the Othena application for the sole purpose of facilitating safe and timely distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to Orange County residents.  Be HYPERAWARE of fake apps and scammers who may create malicious applications that appear to look like the Othena app or provide other health related services. The Othena app will NEVER ask for your social security number, credit card information, bank information, or any payment of any sort in any way. Othena may ask for your health insurance information but you will not be billed for any services. Some phone calls may be made to coordinate appointments, but those callers will NEVER ask for payment. Othena may also text you from (833) 376-1548 when necessary to remind people to register and schedule an appointment and the text contains a link to the Othena mobile app or website. Please note the spelling of OTHENA, both as an app and the website www.othena.com.