COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Still Delayed Due to Severe Weather

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Update by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
February 17, 2021

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has been notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that its allotment of Moderna vaccine is continuing to be delayed due to severe weather conditions across the country. Orders are being held until weather conditions permit carriers to resume vaccine shipments.  CDPH has indicated that they do not have information on expected delivery time frames for the order, however will communicate as soon as shipments of all held orders are resumed.

The Public Health vaccination site located at Dick DeWees in Lompoc will not have doses to vaccinate persons previously scheduled for Thursday, February 18. All persons whose appointments have been cancelled have been notified and will automatically be rescheduled for the same time and day next week. 671 community members will be rescheduled.

Additionally, the vaccination clinic at the Wake Campus in Santa Barbara on Friday, February 19 will also be cancelled. Those impacted have also been notified and will automatically be rescheduled for the same time but different day next week. 522 community members will be rescheduled.

Vaccination providers throughout Santa Barbara County that receive their vaccines directly from CDPH have also been notified of this delay.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine or reach the County Call Center for vaccine information by calling 2-1-1 and selecting option 4. This line is available 7 days a week between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday's Numbers

The Public Health Department reported 78 new cases and 5 deaths on Wednesday. Four individuals were 70+ years of age and one was 50-69 years of age. All five individuals had underlying health conditions and one death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate care site.

There are currently 596 active cases. Of those, 104 are hospitalized with 22 in the ICU. 


Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
February 16, 2021

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has been notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that its allotment of Moderna vaccine will be arriving later than anticipated this week due to severe weather conditions across the country. This means that the Public Health vaccination sites will not have sufficient doses to vaccinate all persons previously scheduled for the February 17,2020 vaccination clinic in Santa Maria.

All persons whose appointments have been cancelled have been notified and given the opportunity to reschedule their appointments next week. Approximately 800 community members will be rescheduled.

A small allotment of vaccine will still be used to vaccinate just over 400 community members at tomorrow’s clinic in Santa Maria. Second dose appointments have been prioritized for those whose appointments were retained. The Public Health Department will have more information regarding future vaccine clinics in the coming days.

Vaccination providers throughout Santa Barbara County that receive their vaccines directly from CDPH have also been notified of this delay.

“The Public Health Department understands the critical nature of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and will be working diligently to ensure all community members are rescheduled in a timely manner. These unforeseen circumstances will not deter Santa Barbara County in continuing to pursue its goal of vaccinating all community members who desire a vaccine,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine  or reach the County Call Center for vaccine information by calling 2-1-1 and selecting option 4. This line is available 7 days a week between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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RHS Feb 17, 2021 10:13 AM
COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Still Delayed Due to Severe Weather

CHD is one screw up after another. Too many vaccines in some hands (resulting in waste or the inoculation of people otherwise not priority), too few in others meaning closure of scheduled sites and cancellation of appointments. Some private MDs have been given vaccine for their clients and have been unable to find enough patients so they have offered the shot to their clients otherwise not qualified. Why should clients of private medical doctors have the vaccine for their people when public shared facilities such as Sansum don't. Why would private doctors be able to give 'civilized' appointments while the rest of us have to scramble to find a place we can make an appointment and then wait an hour or more to get the service? Did Marian fail to use all the vaccine allotted to them because people in that community did not show up? These questions should be directed at CHS and its management by the Board of Supervisors after this crisis has settled and we have time to do such reviews.

a-1613670022 Feb 18, 2021 09:40 AM
COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Still Delayed Due to Severe Weather

Any local resident over age 75 is eligible to sign up with Cottage Hospital for their vaccines (and the process ran very smoothly for the old folks I know, though they already had their second doses before the big storm occurred). You don’t have to have any association with the hospital or any particular doctor. But I can’t figure out why Sansum was allocated so few doses.

RHS Feb 18, 2021 10:29 AM
COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Still Delayed Due to Severe Weather

9:43 AM, no it was not my private doctor as I am a client of Sansum. The information was given to me by a friend whom I believe to be trustworthy based on his personal experience with his doctor. Others have told me that private practitioners around the state do have access that is not clearly understood and they are offering the vaccine to 'boutique medical' clients. I cannot verify this. If it is not true I would be encouraged. But here is a quote from a KCRW story of a few weeks ago: "Dr. Abe Malkin is the founder and practicing physician with Concierge MD LA, a house-call medical service. He says his practice is at the mercy of the county’s health department when it comes to receiving the vaccine.

“Getting information about how to even apply was difficult,” he says. “We had to do a lot of research on our own. I know that there [is] public information available. However it’s hard to find and difficult to navigate."

Malkin adds, “But we eventually did navigate the process and have applied through a multi-step process, part of which involves applying to the health department, showing … patients under our care, displaying the ability to administer the vaccine, including cold storage requirements."

Alexblue Feb 21, 2021 10:13 AM
COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Still Delayed Due to Severe Weather

Freak, what do you mean an excuse? Is it untrue that the country has had a significant series of extreme weather events the
last two weeks impacting travel and transportation? Did Q tell you something you’d like to share?

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