Progress is being made with COVID-19 vaccinations in the County. We started with those 70+ years of age being the first to receive their vaccine, and now anyone 16+ years of age is eligible. There are so many reasons why it’s important to get vaccinated once you are eligible. Santa Barbara County Public Health estimates that if we can get our population vaccinated and keep our cases down, we could reach the beginning of our immunity level in July. There is also a concern over new variants of the virus which have the potential to cause another surge. These variants are present in our County, and with the vaccines proving effecting against these variants, it is another reason to get your vaccine as soon as you are eligible.
Santa Barbara County residents ages 16+ are now eligible to receive the vaccine at Public Health Vaccination-Clinics, with Additional Community Vaccination Sites opening eligibility to this group beginning April 15.
The following groups are also currently eligible to receive a vaccine from Public Health Department Vaccination Clinics AND Additional Community Vaccination Site (pharmacies, healthcare providers):
- Community members 50+ years of age
- Phase 1A health care workers
- Education and childcare workers
- Emergency service workers
- Food and agriculture workers
- 16-49 years old with serious underlying medical conditions
- Public Health Department Vaccination Clinics
- Hospital, pharmacy, and primary care partners continue to serve all eligible groups
- Sign up for a vaccine appointment by registering online at the Public Health website or by calling 2-1-1 and pressing option 4 for assistance
The best vaccine is the one available to you right now. Almost 200,000 vaccinations have been administered in Santa Barbara County and more than 50% of our population age 65 and older are fully vaccinated. 20% of our population age 16 and above are fully vaccinated. Thank you for helping to do your part to #reCOVERgoleta.
The Public Health Department is in need of bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers at their Vaccination Clinics throughout Santa Barbara County. If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: Mayor Perotte getting her first COVID-19 vaccine shot