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Disneyland Resort COVID-19 Vaccine Super Site Opens; 3,000 Doses Administered

CBS Los Angeles logo CBS Los Angeles 1/14/2021 Syndicated Local – CBS Los Angeles

ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – Hundreds of cars lined up for the opening of Orange County’s first coronavirus vaccination super site at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on Wednesday.

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A temporary COVID-19 vaccine super site has been set up at the north of the Toy Story Parking Lot at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim as seen Jan. 13. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

The iconic theme park is hosting Orange County’s first large-scale coronavirus vaccination site where cars began lining up hours before opening.

“I was able to make an appointment last night for today, so I think that’s off to a great start,” Rick Morlok, a Trabuco Canyon resident, said.

But not everyone was so lucky, with the app and the website crashing shortly after going live as people rushed to register for an appointment.

The Orange County Healthcare Agency (HCA) reported that 10,000 people signed up Tuesday evening for appointments.

“We are working diligently to address any technical issues this large influx of visitors may have caused,” the agency tweeted Wednesday morning.

With police on scene doing traffic control, the site opened at 8 a.m., but then countless drivers were met with disappointment when they were turned away because they had not scheduled appointments beforehand.

“I know people are excited to get the vaccine, which is thrilling to me,” O.C. spokesperson Molly Nichelson said. “But at the same point in time, we can’t have them line up and come down if they do not currently fit in Tier 1A and have not made a reservation.”

On Wednesday, Orange County firefighters and paramedics vaccinated 3,000 patients at the super site. Officials said the goal was to be able to do two and a half times that many people next week — if vaccine doses were available.

HCA noted that its three other vaccination sites have been “overwhelmed” by people showing up without appointments.

“The county’s three existing point-of-distribution sites were overwhelmed by individuals without appointments today, effectively shutting down the vaccination sites,” HCA wrote in a news release Tuesday. “It is critical for people to understand that appointment slots are available based on vaccine availability. Showing up without an appointment stresses the system and depletes scarce resources.”

Disneyland will be one of five O.C. vaccine super sites. Huntington Beach City Manager Oliver Chi told the Voice of OC last week that the other large vaccination super sites will be located at Knott’s Berry Farm, the Orange County Fairgrounds, The Great Park and Soka University.

Also Tuesday, O.C. Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau announced that anyone age 65 or older will now be eligible to get vaccinated. That’s in addition to healthcare workers, emergency responders and residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

“The people in the ICU on ventilators are typically the 50-and-over crowd, and it definitely skews more to the 65 and older crowd,” Dr. Jim Keany with Mission Hospital Mission Viejo told CBSLA Tuesday. “As we continue to get vaccines, let’s start lowering the requirements and just get through the population as fast as we can.”

To find out if you are eligible and to make an appointment, click here.

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