Increased Allocations of COVID-19 Vaccine for all Eligible Groups

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County is participating in the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, a partnership between the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), which has begun increasing COVID-19 vaccine supplies at select HRSA-funded health centers, including the Santa Barbara County Health Care Centers.

This increased supply will allow the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to offer COVID-19 vaccine appointments a week at a time at locations across the county, starting with the Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center in Lompoc from March 28 through April 3 to all eligible groups. Current groups eligible for the vaccine include people over the age of 65, phase 1A health care workers, education and childcare workers, emergency service workers, food and agriculture workers, and people between the ages of 16-64 with high risk medical conditions

All eligible community members can sign up for a vaccine appointment at this location beginning Thursday, March 25 at 9 a.m. by registering online at the Public Health Website or by calling 2-1-1 and pressing option 4 for assistance. The call center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These clinics will only be administering first-dose Pfizer vaccines at this time.

Following the seven days in Lompoc, the vaccine clinic will move to Santa Maria beginning Monday, April 5 for seven days and then to Santa Barbara beginning Monday, April 12 for           five days. Second-dose clinics for those vaccinated by the Public Health Department will continue as needed throughout the county. Vaccine appointments remain available, for those eligible, at local pharmacies, hospitals and through health care providers.

“With more people now eligible to be vaccinated, and more vaccines available, we are even closer to ending the pandemic in our community,” said Van Do-Reynoso, County Public Health Director. “With the risk of severe illness and death for people over the age of 65 as well as people with high risk medical conditions, we are happy to be able to vaccinate community members in these groups. We welcome all eligible community members to be vaccinated, and in particular offer a warm welcome to our mid-county residents looking to be vaccinated.”

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department administered 3,376 vaccines last week through the Public Health vaccination sites and expects to deliver 9,450 doses through increased Public Health vaccination clinics in Lompoc.

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citizenSB Mar 25, 2021 06:52 AM
Increased Allocations of COVID-19 Vaccine for all Eligible Groups

Line jumping started at the top -- Perhaps Binden qualified because of his age, but hot Harris and many of the house of representatives (including Salud Carbajal) and senators that got vaccinated even before health workers. If they were all like Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who refused to get vaccinated and stated; "We are not more important than frontline workers ...we should wait our turn". There would be a lot less line jumping.
Once you start rationalizing why someone should get one before 'their turn' it turns into the Hunger Games

bosco Mar 25, 2021 09:41 AM
Increased Allocations of COVID-19 Vaccine for all Eligible Groups

VOR, I would give the State more credit. While not official, I believe that California has essentially opened vaccines to everyone at this point. The State guidelines are clear that vaccine providers are not required to ask for any proof of qualification. That is very purposeful as any shot given out is a good one and we are likely about to start seeing more and more shots go to waste. Anyone at real risk has had enough time by now. I was able to get an appointment with just a little bit of effort. Now is the time to reduce community spread. No more excuses, No more waiting, everyone needs to sign up and start getting vaccinated.

Voice of Reason Mar 25, 2021 07:00 AM
Increased Allocations of COVID-19 Vaccine for all Eligible Groups

Having weed be an “essential” service with workers in the industry classified as healthcare workers was the line in the sand. With those in the higher risks groups having plenty of availability and opportunity to get their vaccine by this point, I’d have no problem jumping ahead in our states tier system and have no ethical qualms whatsoever. Most other states are giving out shots to anyone who wants them, but here in CA we seem to make everything more complicated, time consuming, and difficult, but yay! we’re the most progressive. I wish people would start looking at results rather than rhetoric.

sbjoe Mar 24, 2021 10:12 PM
Increased Allocations of COVID-19 Vaccine for all Eligible Groups

In California approximately 42 % of residents are ages 18-49. The have gotten 36.2 % of the shots administered (updated today). Approximately 18 % of residents are 50-64. They have gotten 22.5 % of the shots given so far. So per capita, its tilting toward the 50- 64 crowd. Whether is should be tilting even further toward these folks I don't know.....

LooseCannon Mar 24, 2021 07:21 PM
Increased Allocations of COVID-19 Vaccine for all Eligible Groups

This is the current data breakdown of vaccines administered in SB County for each age group (Source: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#California-vaccines-dashboard)

0-17: 0.2%
18-49: 32.6%
50-64: 18.4%
65+: 48.8%

Seems to me that the 50-64 year olds are getting shafted.

I'd like to have more information about the population of 18-49-year olds and why they represent 32.6% of all vaccines administered in SB County. This doesn't seem very equitable to me.

dukemunson Mar 24, 2021 07:42 PM
Increased Allocations of COVID-19 Vaccine for all Eligible Groups

Loose - you are not wrong... except that you don’t actually even need to lie about your occupation... you just have to tell your doctor you are “essential”. It’s essentially like getting an emotional support animal... you just have to ask... not much else needed/required...

Crazy/ridiculous...

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