Increased Allocations of COVID-19 Vaccine for all Eligible Groups
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.