Everyone in Orange County who has not yet received a vaccine is encouraged to register at www.Othena.com to be placed in the virtual waiting room to be notified when it is their turn to schedule an appointment.
Everyone age 16 and over in Orange County will be eligible starting April 15. Parental consent is required, and people under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine.
This month, the OC Health Care Agency will launch a pilot program for a Digital Passport for COVID-19 vaccine and testing credentialing. The Digital Passport enables individuals to participate safely and with peace of mind in activities that involve interactions with other people, including travel, attractions, conferences/meetings, concerts, sports, school, etc.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding Othena. That link is updated regularly as new information becomes available.
The County Super PODS and mobile clinics are not the only options to receive a vaccination. View other vaccine distribution channels, including hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics, at www.COVIDVaccineFacts.com. Other healthcare providers approved to dispense the vaccine, including hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics, play an essential role in vaccinating Orange County’s population. The following retailers offer vaccine appointments near Laguna Beach: including CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens.
Once registered in Othena, appointment notifications to those in the "digital waiting room" will be prioritized based on factors including age, time of registration, and available vaccine supply. Eligible, registered individuals will receive appointment notification via email from Othena.com. They will then have up to four hours to confirm a date and time that works with their schedule. If they do not respond in the time allotted, they will go back into the queue to receive notification of future openings.
Appointments for the second dose are scheduled automatically at the same time and location of the first appointment. This date is either 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna) out, depending on the vaccine. You can reschedule in Othena no earlier than 5 days prior to their next appointment by going to the home page, clicking on View Details under your second appointment information; click on View Your Appointment at the bottom of the next screen; and then scroll down and press the Reschedule Appointment button.
For your first appointment, Othena will notify you via email and the Othena app when it is time to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Follow the steps to select an available date and time at a predetermined location.
Vaccines are only released a few days from the current date. If your desired location is not listed on that date, check back later. If there is no time to select from, then there are no appointments available to be scheduled.
The State‘s “My Turn“ platform is unrelated to Othena, the County of Orange’s registration and scheduling platform for COVID-19 vaccinations. My Turn is currently available only in pilot areas; it may be expanded to other areas soon. Check the My Turn website for availability.
The County’s Othena platform interfaces with the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) to report vaccine information. The County continues to register eligible individuals and schedule appointments through the Othena system.
Once you make an appointment through Othena.com you will be instructed on what specific documents to bring with you depending on the Tier.
No. Please be patient. Individuals must have an appointment and must show identification and documentation of Tier eligibility at the site to receive a vaccination.
The HCA Hotline at 714-834-2000 is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for questions related to Othena and vaccine-related issues. Please note that the hotline cannot make reservations or Othena registrations at this time.