Good news! The City of Irvine opened a COVID-19 mass vaccination drive-thru site at the Great Park (8000 Great Park Blvd) on April 26th.
According to the City’s website, the vaccination site will be staffed and operated by Providence Health System in partnership with the medical technology company, Edwards Lifesciences.
The drive-thru clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8am until 3pm.
Irvine City Councilman Larry Agran, who was on hand for the grand opening of the site, has been advocating for the mass vaccination site at the Great Park since January.
Irvine Community News & Views reached out to Agran, asking for a comment on the opening of the site. Agran told us, “While I wish we’d have had the Great Park site up and operational months ago, I am pleased we have now moved forward.”
Agran continued: “There is no question that the behind-the-scenes politics by the County Supervisors and the interference by developer FivePoint delayed the opening of the Great Park site by months. The good news is that I have been assured by the City Manager that Irvine will be in a great position to complete our citywide vaccination program by the end of May. That’s more than a month sooner than the County’s goal of reaching ‘herd immunity’ by July 4th.”
Agran has also spent the past several months advocating for the City to expand vaccination services to help our neighboring communities, particularly Tustin and Santa Ana, both of which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic this past year. For example, due to the lack of resources that Irvine residents enjoy, Santa Ana — which, like Irvine, has a population of about 300,000 — has reported nearly 10 times the number of deaths from the virus (86 in Irvine; 856 in Santa Ana).
The Great Park vaccination site will be open to all residents in Orange County.
Appointments are required!
To schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at the Great Park site, visit the State’s My Turn website or call 1-833-422-4255.
Irvine Community News & Views will keep our readers updated on the mass vaccination site at the Great Park.