Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

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Source: Public Health Department

In light of the State’s direction for California counties to prioritize vaccination for people 65 years of age and older, Santa Barbara County is beginning vaccination efforts for people 75 years of age and older. As soon as more vaccines become available from the State, vaccination will then begin for people ages 65 and older. 

Van Do-Reynoso, Director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department states, “We fully support the prioritization of those over the age of 65 and look forward to the receipt of additional vaccines to meet the current demand. With adequate supply and through community partnerships, we can continue to move through the vaccination tiers and continue to offer vaccinations for our priority populations,” says Do-Reynoso.

Medical providers who are approved to administer the vaccination will be contacting eligible patients to schedule vaccination appointments. While the county is increasing efforts to get vaccines administered, there continues to be a limited supply of the vaccine and people may not receive an immediate appointment.  Medical providers will have the flexibility to begin vaccinations for people ages 80 and older based on their staffing and vaccine resources.

Vaccinations will also be made available at each of the public health community vaccination points of distribution (PODs) which are located throughout the county. For reference, there are over 32,000 county residents 75 years of age and older. The Public Health Department vaccine distribution sites will have approximately 1,200 total vaccines available during their first 4 days of vaccination. This does not include vaccine available at healthcare clinics. More appointments will become available as more vaccine arrive. Vaccine appointment registration for those community members 75 years of age or older can be accessed by visiting

Santa Barbara County will continue to vaccinate its frontline healthcare workers in Phase 1A, tiers 1, 2 and 3. “The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as sufficient quantities become available” states Do-Reynoso. Until that time, Santa Barbara County Public Health and health care providers are vaccinating in order of priority based on supply.

If you are 65 to 74 years of age, the County Public Health Department and local healthcare providers looks forward to inviting you to be vaccinated. You can expect to receive communication from your local health care provider when they have vaccine available and your group is eligible to receive it. Additionally, the County Public Health Department will send information via press release, vaccine newsletter, website update, social media, etc. when further groups, including yours, are eligible to be vaccinated. If you have questions, please call 2-1-1 or visit

 Everyone is encouraged to sign up to receive up-to-date, local vaccination information for Santa Barbara County via email by registering here. For up to date information about vaccine distribution, be sure to visit or call 2-1-1. 

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tagdes Jan 17, 2021 01:56 PM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

Yes, with Moderna and they'll let me know the time for the 28th day. Last Nov. a year ago the surgeon at Cottage started surgery on me immediately and for several hours in the middle of the night when I was told that I likely wouldn't make it Dr Fisk and others got me recovered. After22 MRIs, rehab, a stroke a few months later and rehab again I'm totally ambulatory, driving and riding my bike again. Cottage showed the same professionalism here as the did before.

tagdes Jan 17, 2021 09:25 AM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

To add to what Sandy 1 said just just wait for your appointment. Being pro active I registered at Cottage Health on Thurs. and they started appointments for Sat. for the tail end of the nurses etc. Being 76 and a follow up patient from Cottage it said appointments were full, but at Fri. noon the they called and said I could come from 2:00-4:30 that afternoon. I got there with only one person inline at 1:50 and was done with my shot at 1:55. Three lanes, show ID's and forms with 3 signatures and 10 quick questions.

sandy1 Jan 16, 2021 01:59 PM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

Saturday, January 16, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Yesterday, the County Public Health Department announced availability of limited vaccination appointments to individuals 75 and over at four community locations in Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Barbara. Appointment referrals were made through health care providers and public messaging through the media, social media, the COVID-19 press conference and in an email from the County last evening.
As of this morning, appointments at all four locations are full.
In the event that those who registered for appointments at these four locations do not meet the 75+ criteria, they will be sent cancellation notices from County Public Health in an effort to reach those over 75 first, as previously indicated. Unfortunately, the state CalVax System does not prevent sign-ups for those who do not meet the announced criteria.
The State of California recently expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to those 65 and older. Currently, the County is vaccinating frontline healthcare workers and those over 75 years of age.
As there is a limited supply of vaccine from the state and appointments fill up very quickly, even if you are in these categories, you will likely need to wait to make your appointment.

a-1610815098 Jan 16, 2021 08:38 AM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

Following through on these links last evening got me to a specified day, after filling out a long form, and then “no appointment available” for any of the times listed. I gave up and will continue taking chances, food shopping, dog walking, etc., even though I know, that is, we have read, that wearing a mask primarily protects others with only a little protection of the wearer.

For up to date information, visit edhat, not the public health dept.

a-1610836899 Jan 16, 2021 02:41 PM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

2:04 PM, Like others here, I went to the site. There were 7 pages before I was through. They ask for a lot of info - I didn't count the number of questions but it's more than 20. And then when it was completed, the last page was labeled 1-26-21 and said for me to pick an appointment time from a long list of times. BUT all of the times were shown as "No Appointments Available." No further dates were offered. In other words, it was a big waste of my time.

a-1610835251 Jan 16, 2021 02:14 PM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

You will "continue taking chances, ... even though [you] know ... that wearing a mask primarily protects others ..."

I don't get what you're saying. What choice do you have?
(you could ignore health recommendations but why.

What is the point you are trying to make.
Be at peace, be careful, take care, prayers.

a-1610834682 Jan 16, 2021 02:04 PM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

How long is the form? 10 questions? 20, 30, 40?
Does the site allow you to save *any* info, or do you have to start again from scratch if you don't get an appointment upon first try?
(for anyone concerned about privacy, I'm wondering about basic data, like what's linked to name and address. This IS a government site and you know they know, especially if you've lived at the same address for a couple or 50 years. They know every property tax payers' basic info, that's for sure.)
Good luck getting your vaccine!
I'm almost 60 and am going to wait it out for what seems will be quite a few months, as I have the ability to happily sequester myself.

happy camper Jan 16, 2021 10:58 AM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

I had a similar experience. jumped through all the hoops and then when the site sent me to available sign up times, it kept saying all were taken. tried a second time and got one; not sure why it didn't work smoothly.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 16, 2021 07:08 PM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

The comment at 12:12 AM does not tell the whole story. Not all UCSB professors are getting priority. Here is an excerpt from email circulated earlier today: "The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD), which is directing vaccine approval and distribution under the framework established by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), has approved UC Santa Barbara Student Health to begin administering vaccines next week to active staff and faculty over the age of 75. Once this phase has been completed, we are approved by SBCPHD to administer any remaining vaccines from our limited first delivery to employees 65-74 years of age."

a-1610850646 Jan 16, 2021 06:30 PM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

Curious as to why UCSB professors have any kind of priority? Aren’t classes currently on line? We have health care professionals that haven’t received it yet. Also interesting that residents at Casa Dorinda received vaccines weeks ago. I guess money talks.

a-1610823721 Jan 16, 2021 11:02 AM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

Actually, I think it wouldn't be a copyright infringement because there are clear exceptions to the copyright rule. A simple explanation is that my understanding is that you can use copyright protected material if a) used for nonprofit or educational purpose; b) you aren't making money on it; c) you attribute source; and perhaps d)- if a video use only a small segment,

Bird Jan 16, 2021 08:44 AM
Santa Barbara County to Begin Vaccinations for People Ages 75+

Something good, a limited immunity with one shot, is said to be better than nothing, but what I haven’t seen is when does the first shot wear off? What happens if U can not get the second shot for two months, eg., instead of two weeks?
Good idea to give more people some immunity rather than a few favored full immunity? Or not?

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