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Newport Beach Firefighters Among Initial First Responders to Receive COVID Vaccine
The Orange County Health Care Agency has authorized three sites in Orange County for paramedics, firefighters and full-time, sworn safety officers to get vaccinated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which was approved by the FDA after demonstrating 94% effectiveness in clinical trials. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses, 28 days apart, to reach maximum protection against the coronavirus.
The sites are also offering training for paramedics to deliver the vaccine, said Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles. Those who are trained then return to their home agencies to train others, with the goal of quickly building a large network of trained paramedics.
“The paramedic training will really help scale up and prepare for a more efficient distribution of the vaccine as soon as it is available in larger quantities,” Boyles said.
On Wednesday, the City received state authorization to host community clinics to administer the vaccine, beginning with the highest-risk groups. The City’s community clinics will complement other distribution sites such as hospitals, doctor’s offices and pharmacies.
“Providing opportunities for our residents to receive safe, effective vaccines is the top City priority,” said Newport Beach Mayor Brad Avery.
In addition, Avery said, the City will be working closely with Hoag Hospital and the County Health Care Agency to provide clear, accurate information over the next several months about the importance of getting vaccinated and the effectiveness of the vaccines.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected globally. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The City of Newport Beach is working with federal, state, and local partners including the CDC, the OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and health care providers to prepare and appropriately care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will share more as we are updated from our colleagues at the local, state and/or federal level.
- The Governor of California enacted an Executive Order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except for essential needs
- It is imperative for everyone to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others when performing essential need activities outside of your homes.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to limit spreading the infection.
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