As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue in Santa Barbara County, the pool of eligible beneficiaries who can sign up for appointments expanded earlier this week.
Residents ages 16 to 64 who are at high risk for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality are eligible to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine in the county. People who are considered to be at “the highest risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19” include people with cancer, stage four or higher chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, Down syndrome, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, medical conditions heart disease, severe obesity and type 2 diabetes, among others.
People in the comorbidities group can schedule appointments at pharmacies, clinics and hospitals, among other places, like other eligible individuals, but the Department of Public Health is not scheduling specific clinics for that group as of Wednesday.
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For county residents unable to travel to a vaccination site, the county urged individuals to call the call center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 2-1-1 and select option 4. you can contact the center at 800.400.1572 for out-of-area numbers.
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Joan Hartmann asked if someone’s personal physician can help her get an appointment for the vaccine faster, and Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso said that there is no way to prioritize a certain medical condition. Like the rest, it is a first come first serve basis.
Doctors don’t need to write prescriptions or notes for patients to get vaccinated for a medical condition, and people can submit self-certification when registering.
As of Wednesday, COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are being distributed in the county. Johnson & Johnson is a single shot vaccine, and both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses of the same type of product several weeks apart to be effective.
The national supply of the COVID-19 vaccine remains limited, so appointments will not be immediately available to everyone who is eligible, according to the county Department of Public Health.
COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available through hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and clinics run by the Department of Public Health. Visit this link for vaccine-related information from the Department of Public Health: https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/.
Eligible veterans can receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday during a special clinic in Santa Maria. To receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the single-day event, veterans must be eligible and registered for medical care through Veterans Affairs, according to the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.
For questions about eligibility and enrollment, individuals can call the health care organization at 310.478.3711 and select x48629.
To make an appointment for the special vaccination event on Saturday, community members can call 310.268.4900.
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Santa Barbara County is vaccinating residents who work in education, child care, emergency services, and the agricultural and food industries, including grocery store employees.
The county has COVID-19 vaccination clinics for farmworkers scheduled this week, including a farmworker vaccination event that took place Wednesday in the north of the county.
Farm and food service workers can make an appointment through their healthcare provider, local pharmacies, and vaccination sites run by Public Health.
New appointments offered by clinics run by the Department of Public Health will be posted online every Monday at 9 a.m., depending on the county.
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The Department of Public Health is working with the Santa Barbara County Office of Education, local private schools, and partners in the child care industry to provide targeted opportunities for educators and child care providers to get vaccinated against COVID- 19, depending on the county.
Appointments for child care workers are arranged through the Children’s Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County, and those with questions can call the agency at 805.925.7071 or email [email protected].
Employees of institutions of higher education are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the county, and each “institution will assign internally considering risk factors and equity,” depending on the county.
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Santa Barbara County COVID-19 vaccine eligibility includes emergency services workers such as janitors, public transportation workers, animal control officers, and security personnel “to maintain building access control and security measures. physics “, among several others.
Some industry-specific worker vaccination clinics will be held within that broad sector.
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Santa Barbara County residents 65 and older can sign up for an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine through their healthcare providers, some pharmacies, and hospitals.
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The county focused on healthcare workers and residents age 75 and older for the first two months of the vaccine launch, and those residents can still receive COVID-19 vaccines.
The state has launched the MyTurn website where residents can sign up to receive notifications when they are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here: https://myturn.ca.gov/.
The county plans to switch to the state MyTurn immunization appointment system in April.