Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

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Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg during Friday's press conference
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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials discussed COVID-19 vaccination rates in the county and new California Division Of Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA) updates during a press conference Friday.

Speaking during the final public COVID-19 press briefing, Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso stated 65.8% of the eligible county residents have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We have to pause and acknowledge that nearly one in three community members who are over twelve years of age, are not vaccinated,” said Dr. Do-Reynoso.

Breaking down the vaccination rate by age groups, residents 75-years-old and above had the highest proportion of vaccination at 74.5%. The 65 to 74-year-olds were 69.7% followed by 50-64 age group at 72.6%, almost 50% in both 30-49 and 16-29 age groups, and 22.7% in 12-15 year olds. 


As of this week there are 35 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths as well as 12 people hospitalized, 3 of which are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

“We now see that almost all patients who are requiring hospital care and ICU admissions are unvaccinated people,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg.

Dr. Ansorg also warned of COVID-19's Delta variant that's spreading worldwide and accounting for 10% of all new infectious cases in the United States. He said the variant is more transmissible, ultimately being more dangerous.

One person infected with the Delta variant can possibly spread it to five or six people compared to just two or three people in previous variants. It's also caused more hospitalizations in young people, which is why vaccination is highly encouraged as its effective against the Delta variant, Dr. Ansorg stated. 

Officials stated first and second dose vaccine appointments are widely available and are free throughout the county. Visit or for more information. 

On June 17, Cal/OSHA adopted revised workplace standards that include masking guidance for fully vaccinated persons in the workplace.

The revisions state fully vaccinated employees do not need to be offered testing or excluded from work after close contact unless they have COVID-19 symptoms, fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear face coverings except for certain situations during outbreaks and in settings where CDPH requires all persons to wear them, and employers must document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if they do not wear face coverings indoors.

Dr. Do-Reynoso stated employers can either require employees to show proof of vaccination or they can provide self-attestation regarding their vaccination status.

Additionally, employees are not required to wear face coverings when outdoors regardless of vaccination status, employees are explicitly allowed to wear a face covering without fear of retaliation from employers, and physical distancing requirements have been eliminated except where an employer determines there is a hazard and for certain employees during major outbreaks.

Dr. Do-Reynoso also announced a new statewide website where vaccinated California residents can access a digital version of their vaccination card. Learn more here.

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MountainMan4865 Jun 19, 2021 10:08 PM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

Here is some more "false information"
The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID‑19.

Oh wait, here is THEIR link for this:

a-1624222120 Jun 20, 2021 01:48 PM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

Although touted on social media disinformation sites, ivermectin (note spelling) is a treatment for parasitic worms, and has nothing but deleterious effects on COVID patients. The orange moron received a monoclonal antibody treatment along with his other pamperings.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2021 08:33 AM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

Except it’s true, the major media conglomerates and big Pharma share many board members amongst each other. Remember, their #1 goal is profit. Not to look out for you, not to provide you with the “news”, and really couldn’t care less about your best interest or overall well-being, it’s all about their profit$$$$$.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jun 21, 2021 08:39 AM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

Who owns the "media" that you consume VOR? Do you know who owns and controls Sinclair, Fox, ClearChannel, OANN, NEWSMAX, Brietbart, WSJ, etc? Do you actually know who is controlling your "news" / info-tainment? I think you're a bright guy but appears you do not actually know what is feeding your views... Nor does it seem that you understand the reasons that these entities want you mad and confused... But hey, keep typing away, its working right? You're obviously a fun, happy person with a full social life.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2021 10:54 AM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

SBO, you make some large personal assumptions there. I don't trust anything I read direct from the media (don't watch) no matter the channel/source, I want to know exactly what someone said not an edited version masked as the opinion of the talking head on TV (i.e. anyone who believed "drink bleach" or "white supremacist's are fine people" feel into that trap), or I'd read the actual study cited not their paraphrased opinion of it. Not sure why you think the media sources you listed are any different than all the others. "About 15 billionaires and six corporations own most of the U.S. media outlets. " - this much concentration of power is never good.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2021 03:16 PM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

Wow, not sure what planet you've been living on but nearly everything I posted turned out to be correct with sources provided. You, and several others here, need to get away from this right-wing bad left-wing good thing, it's your default response when you have no real response. "I don't agree with this or haven't heard of this before, I should look into it with an open mind and research it a bit further.... nahh... it must be right-wing misinformation so I'm just going knock it without any backup and assume it's wrong. I like my echo chamber because it tells me I'm always right".

Andrea Smith Jun 21, 2021 12:19 PM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

So, we recently had an in person meeting for an organization that I volunteer for. We were chatting and one of the attendees said the husband of one of her friends denied the seriousness/existence of Covid, and would not get vaccinated. He went overseas, contracted Covid and died in the hospital in a foreign country. They required he be cremated in order to ship the remains back. If you don't want to get vaccinated that is your choice but please be aware of the potential consequences of your choice especially with this Delta variant.

PitMix Jun 21, 2021 03:19 PM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

There have been enough of these stories to scare people into getting vaxxed if information was the thing that would change peoples' minds. In many human brains, somehow the very small and unknown risk that the vax could do something harmful outweighs the bigger and known risk of getting covid and getting very sick from it. I guess that is why a bunch of psychologists continue to make a good living.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2021 04:43 PM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

Well, many of his emails are now public and show that his private emails were not matching up with this public comments. When he says his guidance changed during the pandemic as new information came in, but doesn't share or publicize that information, it sows distrust and skepticism. Repeat over and over for 14 months and you have what we have now. But sure, all of you keep holding onto your closely held but unsubstantiated beliefs (i.e. what the TV and your preferred politician told you) while ignoring all real evidence to the contrary by labeling it FUD, isntagram-sourced or Faux news, its becoming more evident by the week that your beliefs on covid were wildly off, your beliefs on "orange moron" continue to be uncovered as false, and your perceptions of "the science" were just what Big Tech and MSM wanted you to perceive. Think for yourself, dismissing someone with Faux News, right-wing whatever, or Trumper shows everyone how clearly you can't think for yourself.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2021 05:09 PM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

@4:43 you're projecting, no you're projecting, no you're projecting,... got it! At least @4:49 actually replied with something, though it is a great example of what I was talking about earlier: someone's opinion dressed up as a factual article, using snippets of his emails with huge helping of editorial. Now after reading that one opinion piece, you think you know all you need to know about Fauci's emails.

a-1624335414 Jun 21, 2021 09:16 PM
Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

5:09 - You keep trotting out that old fallacy that a 2% drop in the rate of infection from mask mandates was "trivial". (It's in one of today's deleted screeds.) As has been pointed out to you many times, a 2% drop in the rate compounds over time, so the reduction in infections is huge. Just another sign of your innumeracy and spreading of social media falsehoods.

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