SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – As of Monday, appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine have been opened for Santa Barbara County residents age 16 and older.
It used to be like winning a race to get a vaccination appointment online in SB County. That is no longer the case.
Santa Barbara County now has enough doses to meet demand and more, so the county is moving faster than the state and surrounding counties when it comes to lowering the age limit for vaccines.
“Now we are also lowering the minimum age. We have met all the requirements to meet state requirements for vaccines. We now have so much availability of vaccines that we are lowering the age only at Santa Barbara County clinics to 16 years or older. for the Pfizer vaccine and over 18 years for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine, “said the Director of the Emergency Medical Services Agency, Nick Clay.
Residents 16 and older can immediately begin scheduling appointments for one of the two Public Health Community Immunization Clinics located at Hilton Beachfront Resort in Santa Barbara and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.
As of Monday afternoon, there were still 800 appointments available at the Hilton Clinic.
Residents age 18 and older are eligible for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, while everyone age 16 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine. For more details, visit the public health website.
Appointments at the Santa María clinic begin Monday, April 5, through Sunday, April 11.
Vaccine appointments in Santa Barbara will be available from Tuesday, April 6 through Thursday, April 8.
For help scheduling an appointment, you can call 211 and select option 4.
Vaccine clinics will be open only to Santa Barbara County residents. Those who do not live or work in the county will be turned away.
“We’re in the home stretch, it doesn’t mean we’re done, we’re in the home stretch,” Clay said.
While the shots look good, Clay said people should continue to wear masks, wash their hands and physically distance themselves.
Health experts also want to remind people that the protective effects of vaccines do not kick in until two weeks after the final dose.
To schedule an appointment and learn more, visit publichealthsbc.org/phd-vaccination-clinics.