Providence is partnering with Edwards Lifesciences, the cities of Irvine, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Tustin to open two free COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., April 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Providence, a national not-for-profit health care system, works with Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE: EW), the Orange County-based medical device company, and the cities of Irvine, Santa, jointly Ana, Costa Mesa and Tustin are opening two mass vaccination clinics in one of Edwards Lifesciences’ campus buildings in Santa Ana and in Orange County Great Park in Irvine, providing residents with convenient access to protect themselves from COVID-19.

The Providence Clinic at Edwards Lifesciences, made possible in part by a generous donation of $ 500,000 from the company and significant facility and staff support, was strategically selected for its capacity and central location. The clinic opens today at 3009 Daimler St. in Santa Ana. A second vaccination clinic in Providence, in partnership with the City of Irvine, opens in Orange County Great Park on Monday April 26th. The transit clinic at 8000 Great Park Blvd. offers residents convenient access to life-saving vaccines from the comfort of their vehicles.

Vaccines are only available by appointment and can be booked at myturn.ca.gov or by calling 1-833-422-4255. Free parking is available next to the clinic in Edwards.

To keep the sites running smoothly, the cities of Irvine, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and Tustin are providing resources, including public safety and equipment. Through targeted outreach and multilingual communication, cities are also working to address accessibility challenges and vaccination hesitation in their local communities.

“Providence is committed to providing access to the vaccine for Orange Counties, especially our most vulnerable communities that are bearing the brunt of this virus, and our strong partnerships make it possible. We work with the dedicated employees of Edwards and the Cities Irvine joining together Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Tustin to open these two locations will help us increase our capacity to dispense more vaccine doses and keep our communities healthy, “said Erik G. Wexler, President, Operations and Strategy, Providence – South.

Providence has helped guide vaccine distribution in the area as more than 256,815 doses have been administered to date. Providence’s clinical and operational teams will staff the mass vaccination clinics and, through their regional operations, have access to the three US Food and Drug Administration-approved COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). On the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration, Providence has discontinued the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Once the two sites are fully operational, together they will be able to vaccinate up to 4,000 residents per day, with the option to expand based on vaccine supplies. All vaccines are given free of charge.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 44,000 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in Santa Ana, representing a positivity rate of 13.2%. Neighboring cities saw lower but still high positivity rates, with Irvine having a positivity rate of 3.6%. Tustin, 7.49%; and Costa Mesa 7.59%. In addition, color communities are still disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Committed to reducing health inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic, Providence recently made an initial investment of $ 1.4 million to expand outreach, education, and COVID-19 testing and vaccination care for marginalized communities improve. In addition to pop-up vaccine clinics in at-risk communities, Providence hopes these two new mass hospitals will help support an equitable distribution of vaccines across the county.

About Providence Southern California Providence Southern California is a non-profit Catholic health network of 11 hospitals, approximately 90 clinics, the TrinityCare Hospice and its TrinityKids Care Children’s Hospice, Providence High School, home health services, eight wellness centers, and numerous medical groups in its Southern California area. Together these ministries, including secular affiliates and some representatives of other faiths, generate net sales of US $ 7.5 billion and employ around 30,000 people – so-called carers – and almost 5,200 doctors.

Providence Southern California is part of Providence, a national Non-profit Catholic health system made up of a diverse family of organizations driven by the belief that health is a human right. With 52 hospitals, over 1,000 medical clinics, senior care facilities, supportive accommodations, and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 120,000 nurses serving communities in seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, United States. Texas and Washington with systems offices in Renton, Washington and Irvine, California. Learn more about our vision of health for a better world at Providence.org.

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