The City of Goleta, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, hosted a successful walk-up vaccine clinic on Sunday, May 9, at the Goleta Valley Community Center. Over 100 people came to the event and received either their first or second dose of the vaccine. A top priority of this clinic was to reach the residents in Old Town.
Michael Baris, Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Goleta, helped organize the event and attended on Sunday. He said, “We opted to host a walk-up clinic because we understand that requiring an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can be a barrier for some people. We are very pleased with the turnout we had on Sunday.”
The City is very appreciative of the help we received from our wonderful Goleta CERT volunteers. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been an integral part of our outreach efforts to help businesses reopen safely, and now, to assist with a vaccine clinic.
The vaccine clinic at the Goleta Valley Community Center is one of many walk-in clinics now being offered by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, visit https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/ for more information. In Santa Barbara County, everyone ages 12 or older is eligible to be vaccinated. Minors are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Those 18 and over have two other vaccine options: Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
The City of Goleta wants to remind everyone about the importance of getting vaccinated. We recently released our #VaccinateGoleta video message featuring the Mayor and City Council providing personal messages about getting vaccinated. If you haven’t already, please watch it now in English (https://youtu.be/ymjR0MsLhMc) or Spanish (https://youtu.be/igvQzGx0_IM).
Vaccine appointments are available through My Turn California, mobile vaccination clinics, and local pharmacies. To find availability and make an appointment, please go to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website at https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/. Those registered for an appointment should bring documentation with your name on it and proof of Santa Barbara County residency. For more information, and Frequently Asked Questions, click here, or call 2-1-1 and select option 4.
Vaccine clinic at Goleta Valley Community Center