Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) announced educators and food service workers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine next week.

During a press conference on Friday evening, PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso confirmed the next tier of childcare providers, educators, emergency service workers, agricultural workers, and food/grocery employees will be eligible to receive the vaccine along with healthcare workers and anyone over the age of 65 years.

As of Tuesday, the county has administered 87% of the doses received. The percentage is lower than normal due to last week's storm delay, but PHD fully anticipates being caught up by next week.

PHD stated it will follow the state's guidance of a 70/30 vaccine administration approach. Approximately 70% of all vaccines received will be allocated to people aged 65 and older while 30% will be allocated for all other eligible sectors. 

For educators, local Superintendents discussed prioritization with PHD on who will get vaccinated first and determined they would start with special education teachers who work with medically fragile students. At least 1,000 vaccines are earmarked for this group next week. 

COVID-19 Numbers Plateau 

PHD officials stated they are somewhat worried about the recent plateau in COVID-19 case rates and testing positivity

Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg stated the case rates are dropping, just not as drastically as before and he would have liked to see them go down faster. He said the plateau of metrics appears to be a global phenomenon with cases being stalled after a decline, and at this level, even a small number of active cases is enough to keep the virus spreading.

Dr. Do-Reynoso attributed the plateau to pandemic fatigue, people getting tired of all the personal sacrifices made in the past year. She encouraged the community to stay vigilant until everyone is vaccinated. 

Approximately 80% of all infections are caused by 10% of people who are socializing and not following proper guidelines, said Dr. Ansorg. He said this is happening on a global scale and keeps the pandemic going. 

Friday's Numbers

The PHD reports 2 deaths and 104 new cases on Friday. Two individuals were 70+ years of age. Both individuals had underlying health conditions. No deaths were associated with an outbreak at a congregate care site. The individuals resided in the city of Santa Barbara and the area including the City of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village.

There have now been 409 deaths within the county since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Santa Barbara County currently has 382 active cases. Of those, 76 are hospitalized with 18 in the intensive care unit. 

More data can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/.

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Happy2BeSB Feb 26, 2021 07:49 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Until ventilation issues are adequately addressed, teachers have a valid concern for their safety until they’re vaccinated. Most schools can’t even achieve half of the recommended five air exchanges per hour. Unless that’s fixed, students will end up spreading it to the rest of the unvaccinated population.

dukemunson Feb 26, 2021 08:31 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

749pm - so the scientific community consensus is that there is no additional spread in school (beyond what is happening in the community). As such... You are the problem!!! you are willfully making sb and the world a worse place. Studies have shown an Estimated 5.5 million years of life lost due to schools being closed in 2020... that’s on you and your anti logic and science thinking. Schools being open add nothing to community spread... their closure though has a rippling effect through Society that will be felt for decades.

Happy2BeSB Feb 27, 2021 12:36 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

You’re incorrect, Duke. Active Covid cases surged faster in teachers & students than Quebec public.

https://twitter.com/drericding/status/1364399105972273155

The science is quite clear that without adequate ventilation schools will end up spreading the virus faster. And *I* had nothing to do with this situation. If the country would have fully masked up and stayed home for all non-essential activities for just 4-6 weeks all at once, we could have contained the virus well enough to re-open schools last fall. The longer we take to eradicate the virus, the more opportunity we give it to mutate into something worse. I’m sorry it’s inconvenient, but that’s just the way it is.

dukemunson Feb 27, 2021 07:21 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Happy - The science and consensus of the CDC and the WHO is quite clear... there has been virtually no studies showing additional spread in school and that school closures are causing irreparable long term harm. Countless studies referenced on here have shown no statistical uptick in transmission rate in places with school open or closed. If there is a community spike... schools can close for 2 weeks in conjunction with local measures... but this attempt to never reopen by the teachers is reprehensible. Dig a little deeper (or literally just go to the CDC or WHO websites). Your position and thinking is devastating our youth!

dukemunson Feb 27, 2021 07:41 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Except we’ve seen many schools open in Santa Barbara, California and the US since September without issues. GUSD has hundreds of teachers/school admin kids on campus as well as special needs kids. The argument against schools opening breaks down immediately and definitively... but that much is obvious to all. Even the teachers union understands that... so now they are just doing everything they can to delay. They’ve already secured financial incentives for teachers... the longer they delay the more they can get in their ransom payment.

PitMix Feb 27, 2021 06:18 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Duke, from your post "you are willfully making sb and the world a worse place. " From your constant irrational and anti-empathetic posts, you have already pretty much ruined it. The only somewhat positive thing is that only the people on Edhat have to read and listen to your nattering.

dukemunson Feb 27, 2021 06:27 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Pit!! My guy/girl/edhatter!! What was Irrational about my post? The WHO and CDC are adamant that school needs to start ASAP! The long term effects are unknown... but the current estimate is schools closing in the US in 2020 will result in 5.53 million years of lost life. You have repeatedly posted that you are ok with that. And as such yes, you are willfully making Sb and the world a worse place. As per the studies, you are actually killing people and ending life early as well. Burn yes, you are right... I summed up the killing and projected early deaths/worse lives as empathetically as I could. Glad to see you back by though... I though being once again corrected on affordable housing from the San Marcos preserve might be the straw that broke the camels back!! That being corrected once again so definitely might deter from you posting! Honestly though I’m glad to have you back... cheers!

Lookyloo Feb 26, 2021 07:39 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Unbelievable! I have been a teacher here for over 30 years. The public health dept will offer limited appts in Lompoc on the days we start teaching students in person. Our county health dept is so out of line. I signed up on Calvax.org and received an appt in Oxnard. Unfortunately, they are only taking care of their teachers from Ventura. Public health of Santa Barbara is horrific. What about Earl Warren, the Sears parking lot? Treat all residents with respect!

SBSand Feb 27, 2021 06:42 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

They can use the biggest locations around but without supply it is hard to vaccinate. Luckily the vaccines seem to be being provided in larger numbers now so I know that Cottage is going to be doing clinics 3 days a week now. The slowness has 100% been about lack of vaccines though....

JB86 Feb 26, 2021 07:54 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Great; wife and I 65+, signed up for a spot with Cottage, but the on-line process confounded us and we couldn't get through the maze to confirmation. Change your password, enter your order number (what's that?), you have seven minutes...Ding, time's up. Put in a call to them, but don't expect a call-back. They don't have time to talk with individuals. Rollout remains a mess for those of us not Geek enough.

a-1614401868 Feb 26, 2021 08:57 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Not my experience at all. Signed up on the Cottage wait list last week. Got an email this afternoon with a link to a PDL signup site. Picked a date and time from the list presented, then entered the usual (name, address, phone, email) data and clicked the submit button. Email confirmation arrived immediately.

a-1614440242 Feb 27, 2021 07:37 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

I don’t understand what JB86 is talking about. My entire experience with the Cottage sign up (and subsequent vaccinations) was straightforward and easy. No order numbers requested. Has it changed? The only part that worried me was whether the appointments would be all taken in the two minutes or so it took me to read the instructions and type in my name, birthdate and address. Nothing tricky or difficult though.

Ahchooo Feb 27, 2021 11:40 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

JB86, you must have been on the wrong site. There’s no password required for the Cottage sign-up list. Do a search: Vaccine contact list Cottage Hospital. That should lead you to the place where you type in your name, address, email and age. Then you wait until they send you an email telling you they have appointments, click the link they give you, and choose a time.

sbjoe Feb 26, 2021 08:18 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

I live in Santa Barbara and teach in Ventura. I got my shot today as did many people I work with. On the other hand, my wife teaches in Santa Barbara. No vaccine in sight for her even though see is going back in person in week. Can't really explain the different between how the counties are vaccinating teachers, but Santa Barbara isn't stepping up to the plate the way others are.

PitMix Feb 27, 2021 06:21 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

If SB has been using up 87% of the available supply, with the remaining 13% being reserved for 2nd shots, apparently they are doing pretty well. Maybe you want to use up more than 100% of the supply? Maybe that works in your world.

420722 Feb 26, 2021 09:11 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

I will not be getting a vaccine when the rules are that you still have to wear a mask all through 2022, still social distance, don’t leave your house, don’t visit family and now it sounds like they are going to use the words mutations and variants to keep you in endless controlled fear. What’s the point? Yeah, no thanks. I’ll just keep living like it’s 2019 like I’ve been this whole time.

Ahchooo Feb 27, 2021 07:42 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Well that’s nonsensical. Are you anti-vax or just contrary? “They” are “using the words” mutations and variants because that’s what happens with viruses. The more they spread, the more they mutate and the more variants arise. Don’t be afraid, just take action to stop the spread.

sacjon Mar 01, 2021 11:27 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

420722 - you're ridiculous. So, you refuse to follow the health orders and wear a mask, insisting on having parties during the pandemic and now refuse to get vaccinated? YOU, yourself, are the reason why people are dying. You're are the epitome of selfishness. You insist on ignoring every rule/order/suggestion to slow the spread and now, once we have a vaccine you refuse to take it. You and your kind are literally killing people with your selfishness. Shame on you.

michellecando Feb 26, 2021 10:24 PM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

I saw four unmasked local teenagers, obviously from different households, yucking it up and bouncing all over each other after school today. Like the experts say, it only takes 10% of the population to screw it up for everyone else and keep the virus spreading. Of course teachers want to get vaccinated to protect themselves before getting back into their preferred teaching environment: the classroom.

Thomas John Feb 27, 2021 07:40 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Dr. Fauci from last weekend's
interview on Meet the Press.

'CDC guidelines try to delineate the steps where you can do just that, on how do we get them back to school in a safe way and giving several guidelines about how you can do that. It’s not an easy issue. Anybody that says it’s an easy decision to make, they’re not looking at the complexity of it.'

Thomas John Feb 27, 2021 07:40 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Dr. Fauci from last weekend's
interview on Meet the Press.

'CDC guidelines try to delineate the steps where you can do just that, on how do we get them back to school in a safe way and giving several guidelines about how you can do that. It’s not an easy issue. Anybody that says it’s an easy decision to make, they’re not looking at the complexity of it.'

mm1970 Feb 27, 2021 10:51 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

Seeing this also frustrates, but at this point, 3056 children aged 0-17 in the county have already had it. (Probably more than that.) I sometimes wonder how many people are being reckless, and how many have already had it. Both my niece and nephew have had it (not local). Niece (22) never knew it (she tested positive for anti-bodies when she got hired to work at a hospital). However, she traveled to FL for spring break last year, so... Nephew (20) has it now. Got it from his college roommates.

oops Feb 27, 2021 06:48 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

let's see what percentage of our whining teachers opt for the vaccine....this should be telling. Since the SB school district has said they can't teach in person learning until vaccinated, shouldn't the vaccine be mandatory to keep your job? Can't have it both ways!

sbjoe Feb 27, 2021 08:39 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

I'm not sure where you heard that the SB school district said they cant come back till teachers are vaccinated. That is not correct. Elementary schools are starting this week and high schools as early as March 11 if the case numbers continue to drop. Very few teachers will be vaccinated by then.

dukemunson Feb 27, 2021 08:43 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

HZ - right... so you mean all the parents who are at work and have been working every single day to keep Society functioning? Everyone else is working... it’s just the teachers holding out and holding us hostage as they demand more and more!

They obviously won’t allow it for awhile but I’ll gladly volunteer a couple hours of week in my kids class as I did multiple times... before then going to (and staying late) at work!

mm1970 Feb 27, 2021 10:53 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

"Everyone else is working" is not exactly true. We have both been working from home since the pandemic started - at our companies' requests. We both have coworkers at risk who HAVE to be physically at work. At first, our companies were anxious to have everyone back in the office by last July. Now, they send regular reminders: DO NOT COME IN HERE UNLESS YOU HAVE TO.

I realize that many many people are already back at work, but certainly not "everyone", and we did see quite a surge last year from office spread.

sbdude Feb 27, 2021 08:53 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

On the SB Public Health website to sign up, the ONLY place in SB/Goleta available is through the Cottage waitlist link. No CVS sites are listed as available, the Ralphs link shows no available locations within 20 miles of 93101, and the RiteAid link is broken. There are links for the Montecito Vons and Carp Sav-on, but no appointments are available. How did the system get so broken? How is SB County getting so shortchanged when Ventura is sticking needles in teachers' arms as I type this?

SBgal74 Feb 27, 2021 09:56 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

It doesn’t matter what tiers are opened if there are no appointments to be had in the city of Santa Barbara. There are still tons of elderly people that are desperately trying to get an appointment in SB to no avail...I work in healthcare and I’m having to go to Santa Maria to get mine.

sbres Feb 27, 2021 10:44 AM
Educators and Food Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines Next Week

What happened to 10% of all vaccines going towards educators? I'm happy for my colleagues who will qualify for the whopping 1000 vaccines available for educators this coming week but last I checked that is far less than 10% of SB County population.

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