Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated title=
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated
Reads 8533

By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) stated 49% of residents age 16 and over have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Approximately 23% of residents are fully vaccinated, "wonderful statistics to celebrate," said PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso in a recorded video.

She went on to state that vaccination is the best tool to stop the spread of the virus in the community as herd immunity will require about 80-90% of the population to be vaccinated. 

Santa Barbara County will be able to move into the orange tier on Tuesday if the COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 population remains under 6. As of Friday, the county case rate is 5.2.

Watch the full message below.

Login to add Comments


Show Comments
biguglystick Apr 17, 2021 03:37 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

I had to drive all the way to Oxnard to find an opening. A lot of people getting vaccinated and then acting like they are A-OK, when we know that we have to wait two additional weeks after the SECOND shot to be safe to visit in close contact with family. It's not a 100% cure all. Still be careful and social distance, still mask up when you're in public.

RHS Apr 16, 2021 06:32 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

SB County is not going to get to 80-90% when huge populations in the North County are so resistant. We know that vaccines went begging in Santa Maria and Lompoc. What can be done to educate these folks into participating in a simple act to avert this crisis?

dukemunson Apr 19, 2021 02:29 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

Letmego - Maybe just bad/good timing. Last week there were tons of first shot slots available at cottage to anyone over 16 (like pretty much every day/any time) and when I checked back this weekend there were tons of slots for this week (Tuesday to Saturday) at Goleta Cottage. What a difference a week or two makes! Glad you got yours...cheers!

letmego Apr 19, 2021 11:58 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

@DUKE. I have my second dose this week at Goleta cottage. However, when I was trying to get my first dose (as soon as they expanded to 50+), there were no openings to be found, even via myturn. Myturn would SAY there were slots, but each thing you clicked on would take you somewhere and you'd go through the steps, and there were no slots... I think there was a big rush for the 50-64 year olds that first week.

MarcelK Apr 19, 2021 10:14 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

By "fog" I meant that's what you're laying down. I refuted your previous statements and now you're changing the subject ... I didn't say anything about masks or hygiene, just your false claims about vaccine efficacy, mutations, big pharma.

PitMix Apr 19, 2021 09:31 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

RHS, when that statement was made originally, I checked the SM appts and they were all booked except one lonely appt (prob a cancellation). Bet you can't provide your statement is true.

gcheadley Apr 19, 2021 06:45 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

As of this weekend.
Chile vaccination rate 28.6
United State vaccination rate 25.7
I would not call either of those high vaccination rates. Only higher in comparison to other countries - but not high enough to do more than show a minor decrease in infections at this point.

Channelfog Apr 18, 2021 02:52 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

"elk" I absolutely agree about masks, hygiene etc. China admits Sinovac has limited efficacy. Uruguay was stellar at the onset of Covid then the new right wing govt. dropped the ball and Uruguay now finds itself with stats like Brazil. We'll see how vaccination plays out, but a healthy diet/lifestyle and avoiding unnecessary contacts is prudent regardless.

a-1618769689 Apr 18, 2021 11:14 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

Influenza is absolutely not a coronavirus. You are basing your dangerous opinions on misinformation from conspirational social media.

MarcelK Apr 18, 2021 09:36 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

"fog" indeed. Unlike older technologies, mRNA vaccines are easy to tailor to significant variants--mutations happen all the time but few are relevant, so neither are the facts that they are fast and unpredictable. That mRNA vaccines are very effective is a matter of scientific observation, not "trust in big pharma", which is a propagandist's bogeyman. Chile is using Sinovac, which has a lower efficacy, coupled with Christmas gatherings and New Year's festivities, and a sustained push to reopen all schools and shopping malls due to an anticipated sense of safety given the rapid pace of vaccinations. It's the same sort of letting down the guard that folks like Dr. Fauci have warned about.

a-1618758758 Apr 18, 2021 08:12 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

SARS-CoV-2 has a relatively low mutation rate, especially compared to influenza. The way to combat the variants is to vaccinate as many people as possible. Vaccines have an enviable track record as centuries of data show, and vaccines are among the least profitable medicines around. Too many ignorant people want to return to the dark ages.

Channelfog Apr 18, 2021 04:43 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

I predict a 50-60% max vaccination rate. Mutations are way too fast and unpredictable to keep up with and many people understand this and wish not to be lab rats. Please note that places like Chile with high vaccination rates are not seeing a reduction in cases. Vaccine efficacy claims are suspect and it is too soon to know the risks of same. Big pharma has a horrible track record of lies and injuries for profit, but trust them right?

dukemunson Apr 17, 2021 08:46 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

Just go to the myturn website... there are tons of appointments available all day everyday next week from Tuesday to Saturday at Goleta cottage... it’s really REALLY EASY! Book and get it everyone!

letmego Apr 17, 2021 03:22 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

I think we need to go to vaccination buses. Go to their churches, neighborhood parks, and go to the elementary and high schools during drop-off and pickup, and do drop-in. No appointments necessary.

I did not find it easy at all to sign up for my vaccine (a friend sent me a direct link, instead of going through the 5 layers of signups, that never had any openings), and my spouse went to Lompoc. I was never successful finding any openings at the local pharmacies, despite every website saying they had doses available...but again, it's several steps to go through, only to find no available slots.

Chip of SB Apr 17, 2021 09:36 AM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

RHS, getting to 80-90% is going to be a real challenge and may not be possible since many people will choose not to get the vaccine. Maintaining that level of vaccination will be even harder. Most people still believe this is going to be over once everyone is “fully vaccinated.” That is not the case. Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J have already made clear that additional booster shots are going to be needed and that Covid shots are likely to become an annual like flu shots. They are already developing new vaccines to address some of the emerging Covid variants. People will be extremely frustrated once they realize this is where we are headed. Fewer and fewer people will continue getting additional Covid shots in the years ahead, and the “immunity” provided by this first round of vaccines will diminish over time.

Ahchooo Apr 16, 2021 07:47 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

Parvo, I don’t know the comparative rates of vaccine uptake, but I find it curious that south county appointments filled up instantly, prompting south county residents to make appointments in Santa Maria and Lompoc. Are the North County residents less connected and therefore less able to secure appointments? Are they just slower about making appointments? Are they less interested in getting the vaccines? Or were more appointments made available up there, per capita?

ParvoPup Apr 16, 2021 07:36 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

Excuse me cowboy, but where do you get your opinion about Lompoc? We have had a number of successful vaccination clinics with huge numbers of patients. Drop by the Hospital on any given day and look at the line of people waiting for their shot.

Now, if your statement is a thinly veiled opinion as to the take rate among non-English speakers, then you may have a point of discussion.

Minibeast Apr 16, 2021 07:01 PM
Santa Barbara County Nearly 50% Vaccinated

Start handing out vouchers for free stuff. I bet people would swarm to get the jab if 1/2 to 1-lb of See's Candies was on the menu. (If it takes bribery, so be it.)


Please Login or Register to comment on this.