Update of COVID-19 Vaccines for TK-12 Education Staff

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Source: Santa Barbara County Education Office


With increases in vaccine supply, the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) expects that all staff serving students in transitional kindergarten (TK) through twelfth grade, slightly more than 10,000 individuals, will have an opportunity to schedule a first-dose appointment before the end of March 2021.

Between March 4 and 6, 1,242 public school, charter school, and private school staff received their first vaccine doses at Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC).

The week of March 8, Cottage Health (Cottage), LVMC, Marian Medical Center (Marian), and Sansum Clinic are each providing a minimum of 284 doses to education staff on various dates and times.  Cottage, LVMC, and Sansum issued invitations to education staff for these appointments through their own scheduling systems via email, text, or phone call.  SBCEO sent email invitations for the clinic at Marian.

Next week, the week of March 15, several thousand vaccine appointments will be available at LVMC, Marian, and Cottage.  Invitations to the LVMC and Marian clinics will be sent to TK-12 education staff, based on the schools’ proximity to LVMS and Marian, by SBCEO.  Scheduling for Cottage and other Santa Barbara County sites is available now through MyTurn.ca.gov.

What vaccine is being distributed? The vaccine manufacturer varies by organization.  Education staff will be notified of the manufacturer as information becomes available.

How are second doses scheduled? The first dose provider will schedule the second dose appointment, if needed, and provide the vaccination card.

Are there other paths to scheduling a vaccine appointment for those working in TK-12 education?  Yes.  Many pharmacies are offering vaccine appointments through the federal supply distribution.  

How are appointments for preschool and childcare staff scheduled? The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) has allocated an increasing number of vaccines for distribution in partnership with Children’s Resource and Referral Service.  Resource and Referral, in collaboration with childcare agencies, is organizing appointments for childcare staff in available locations in Santa Barbara County.  Childcare staff may also make appointments through MyTurn.CA.gov.

How will higher education staff be scheduled?  SBCPHD is working with local colleges and universities to offer vaccines to higher education staff who will receive communication through their employer or SBCPHD and may also make appointments through MyTurn.CA.gov.

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a-1615590968 Mar 12, 2021 03:16 PM
Update of COVID-19 Vaccines for TK-12 Education Staff

Some staff at UCSB received vaccines a couple weeks ago, including many who have no interaction with students or the public. But somehow UCSB got hold of vaccines, and I’m glad they got them into people’s arms. They didn’t get enough for all their staff, just the middle-aged ones.

a-1615600689 Mar 12, 2021 05:58 PM
Update of COVID-19 Vaccines for TK-12 Education Staff

They gave vaccines to people aged 61 who have no contact with anyone. But I’m okay with that. Everyone needs to be vaccinated. I’m not complaining. Just thought it was interesting.

ConservativeSB Mar 12, 2021 03:53 PM
Update of COVID-19 Vaccines for TK-12 Education Staff

Take a stroll through the UCSB website and you'll learn more about their vaccine procedures. UCSB has a health center that receives vaccines from the state in similar fashion to Marian Regional. They followed the distribution guidelines provides by state and county public health officials. They started with 75+, then proceeded into 65+ and "essential workers".

a-1615575824 Mar 12, 2021 11:03 AM
Update of COVID-19 Vaccines for TK-12 Education Staff

Definitely a step in the right direction. Seems like things are picking up, and I look forward to the return to whatever the new normal is. Thank you teachers for sticking to it during this weird year!

ConservativeSB Mar 12, 2021 04:02 PM
Update of COVID-19 Vaccines for TK-12 Education Staff

The vaccination process is moving in the right direction. But they're not picking up. CDC's website shows a straight line growth in vaccinations since December. We were administering over a million shots a day back in early January. We are just starting to feel the impact more in Santa Barbara now that the most vulnerable have been vaccinated causing deaths and serious illness numbers to drop significantly. Now that kids are allowed to go back to school (which should have happened months ago) life is starting to feel more normal to many people.

dukemunson Mar 12, 2021 11:26 AM
Update of COVID-19 Vaccines for TK-12 Education Staff

11:03 - But...they didn't stick to it! (Via the teachers union and the school board) they didn't stick to logic or science and didn't teach in person...so I think you mean to say "thanks for sticking it to society at large this past year"!

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