The City of Goleta wants to remind everyone to #VaccinateGoleta. As of September 30, 2021, only 68.4% of eligible (12 years and older) Santa Barbara County residents are fully vaccinated. This is up around 4% from one month ago, but there is still a lot of work to do. Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Mayor Paula Perotte and all of the Goleta City Council members share the importance of getting vaccinated in our #VaccinateGoleta video message available in English and Spanish.
View the Santa Barbara County Community Data Dashboard for more information on COVID-19 locally.
New COVID-19 Testing Location in Goleta
A mini-bus testing site is now located at Direct Relief in Goleta (6100 Wallace Becknell Rd, Santa Barbara) every Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This is in addition to the Goleta Valley Community Center testing site and other sites throughout the County. Click here for all locations and hours.
COVID-19 booster shots endorsed by CDC for those at highest risk
By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health
You may have heard that a COVID-19 booster shot is being recommended and are wondering if you are eligible for it and if you should get it.
On Friday, September 24, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) endorsed the recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and for persons in high risk occupational and institutional settings.
People previously vaccinated with Pfizer BioNTech who SHOULD receive a booster include:
- Age 65 years and older;
- Long term care residents; and
- Age 50 through 64 years with underlying medical conditions or at increased risk of social inequities (including communities of color and others at risk of inequities).
People who MAY CONSIDER receiving a booster based on their individual benefits and risks include:
- Age 18 through 49 years with underlying medical conditions; and
- Age 18 through 64 who are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their occupation or institutional setting. The CDC currently defines occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 as:
- First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
- Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
- Food and agriculture workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Corrections workers
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Public transit workers
- Grocery store workers
Why do I need a booster shot?
COVID-19 booster doses are meant to boost immunity that may have waned overtime and are the same dose of vaccine that were given as part of the primary series. Those that should receive a booster dose are at highest risk of hospitalization or death and need to be prioritized for booster doses.
Booster doses can be received at least six months after completion of the initial vaccine series. California is ready to administer boosters to those that are recommended for boosters immediately.
What about those who didn’t get the Pfizer-BioNTech shot?
At this time, CDC is evaluating available data to make recommendations for other populations or people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. We are anticipating these recommendations imminently.
Where do I get a booster shot?
You may obtain your booster shot at local pharmacies and in some instances, through your primary care provider. Please consult with your primary health care provider if you have questions about receiving a booster shot.
For information about the COVID-19 vaccine and countywide availability, please visit www.publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/ or call 2-1-1.