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Author: Phyllis Agran, MD, MPH

COVID-19 Pandemic: One Year Later

It’s been more than a year since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Orange County.  We have now had 247,140 reported cases and 4,013 Orange County residents have lost their lives to the virus. Here in Irvine, there have been 10,172 reported cases and 71 of our Irvine neighbors have died from COVID-19.

Each of those 71 deaths in Irvine represents someone’s mother, father, daughter, son, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. Thousands of lives have been devastated by the loss of our 71 Irvine neighbors.

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COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know

Mass-vaccination is our best available tool to get to the other side of this public health crisis.

I receive calls every day from anxious friends and neighbors. They want to know how to get vaccinated — and how to navigate the County’s problematic scheduling process.

To help, I have compiled a list of COVID-19 vaccine resources from local and federal sources.

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While Other Cities Set Up Vaccination Sites, Irvine Hits the Pause Button

The COVID-19 statistics in January were devastating here in Orange County.  In addition to 75,208 new cases, January was the deadliest month on record since the pandemic began; 1,187 lives were lost across the County in just 31 days. 

While other cities are busy setting up mass-vaccination sites, Irvine still has no plans in place. Now, it appears the City has allowed developer FivePoint to nix the use of our Great Park altogether.

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When it Comes to Vaccines, We Need Bold Leadership!

After the previous Council missed their opportunity to get COVID-19 under control here in Irvine, I had hoped that our City’s new Mayor and Council would demonstrate bold leadership. So far, that has not been the case.

The human costs of COVID-19 continue to grow at a horrific rate.  In fact, January was the deadliest month on record since the pandemic began. We are in the midst of a public health crisis! We must do everything in our power to save lives.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Isn’t Rolling!

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has not been rolling, even for our critical health care workers who were supposed to have been vaccinated by this point.

Since receiving the initial doses in December, by late January only one-third of the available 1.3 million vaccines in California had been administered. That’s unacceptable!

What we need right now are elected leaders who we can count on to take swift action to immediately establish a robust vaccination program.

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