Local Vaccine Taskforce

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OC Health Care Agency (HCA) vaccine planning involves using input from our staff, from medical experts and from the community, to assist us in developing procedures that meet all CDC and state regulations, while addressing the unique needs of the Orange County (OC) community.

Central to our planning is a Vaccine Taskforce, comprised of members of at-risk groups, such as health care workers, essential workers, ethnic communities and older adults, and organizations such as hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, and business, as well as experts in ethics, faith-based issues, veterans’ issues and various medical specialties. This group will address prioritization of vaccine recipients and how to address concerns about the vaccine among different demographic and workforce groups and make recommendations to the HCA planning staff and the HCA Director. The Taskforce was selected using input from a Taskforce Planning Committee comprised of representatives from the medical, ethnic, and educational, faith-based, older adult, and veterans’ communities as well as HCA personnel who developed the framework and goals of the Taskforce.

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How to share your thoughts, ideas or concerns with HCA or the COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce

OC residents may email the Taskforce directly with questions and comments. Emails will not generate individual replies.


Taskforce Meeting Information

The links below contain information presented for discussion at Taskforce meetings.

Meeting Dates Minutes
August 19, 2021 Link
September 16, 2021 Link
October 21, 2021 Link
View Archived Meetings
Initial Planning Meeting Link
October 8, 2020 Link
November 5, 2020 Link
November 19, 2020 Link
December 03, 2020 Link
December 17, 2020 Link
January 07, 2021 Link
January 21, 2021 Link
February 04, 2021 Link
February 18, 2021 Link
February 20, 2021 Link
February 26, 2021 Link
March 04, 2021 Link
March 18, 2021 Link
April 01, 2021 Link
April 15, 2021 Link
May 07, 2021 Link
May 20, 2021 Link
June 3, 2021 Link
June 17, 2021 Link


Taskforce Members

Ellen Ahn, JD, MSW
Executive Director, KCS
OC Asian Pacific Islander COVID 19 Task Force
The Most Rev. Timothy Freyer
Auxiliary Bishop
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
Lieutenant Dave Main
Orange County Sheriff's Department
Security Bureau
Gloria Alvarado
Orange County Labor Federation
Joy Anne Fumera, RN, MSN
Registered Nurse
Al Mijares, PhD
County Superintendent of Schools
Lisa Armony
Senior Director, Community Relations OC interfaith Network
Director Community Relations Jewish Federation OC
Jeff Goad, Pharm.D., MPH, FAPhA, FISTM, FCPhA, FCSHP
Professor & Chair,
Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy
Chapman University
Mario A. Ortega
President and CEO
Abrazar, Inc
Whitney Ayers
OC Regional Vice President
Hospital Association of Southern California
Laura Gomez
Santa Ana Unified School District
Jeff Pagano
UCI, OC Veterans & Military Families Collaborative
Isabel Becerra
Chief Executive Officer
OC Coalition of Community Clinics
Stu Greenberg
Tustin Police Chief
Representing Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff's Assoc.
Karen Pavic-Zabinski, PhD RN, MSN, MBA, MA, MS
Regional Director Of Ethics
Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPh
Director and Founding Dean of the Program in Public Health
University of California, Irvine
Peter Himber, MD 
Medical Director for Regional Center for Orange County
Emily Fonda, MD
Interim Chief Medical Officer
Cal Optima
Anderson, Michelle
Orange County Sheriff's Department, Emergency Management Division Orange County Operational Area
  Philip Robinson, MD, FIDSA
Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology 
Hoag Hospital
America Bracho, MPH, CDE
Executive Director
Latino Health Access
Lisa Wright Jenkins
President & CEO
Council on Aging – Southern California
Jasjit Singh, MD
CHOC Children's Hospital
Margaret Bredehoft, Dr. PH
Deputy Agency Director, Public Health Services
OC Health Care Agency
Candi Kern
Fourth District PTA
Clayton Chau, MD, PhD
OC Health Care Agency
Aaron Kheriaty, MD
UCI School of Medicine
Rebecca Yee
Ensign Services
Oliver Chi
City Manager
City of Huntington Beach
Cevadne Lee, MPH
Director, Community Outreach & Engagement
University of California, Irvine
Matt Zahn, MD
Medical Director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control
OC Health Care Agency
Dan Cooper, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research
University of California, Irvine
Anne Light, MD
Medical Director
OC Social Services Agency
Megan Francis
Executive Director, Orange County Dental Society
OCDS Dental Health Foundation
Jason Cord, MD
President & Board of Directors, Orange County Medical Association
Chief of Radiology, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
SCPMG Government Relations Lead, Orange County
Adam Loeser
Fire Chief for the Cities of Brea and Fullerton
Peter Himber, MD,
Medical Director for Regional Center for Orange County
Lucy Dunn
President and CEO
Orange County Business Council
Helen Macfie, Pharm.D., FABC
Chief Transformation Officer
Executive Administrator, Clinically Integrated Network (C.I.N.)
Raj Rajalingam
Restaurant Industry