Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine locally, at the direction of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health
If you’ve been vaccinated, congratulations! If you are still awaiting your turn to be vaccinated, thank you for your patience. You can learn more about vaccinations in Santa Barbara County, including how to sign up to receive your vaccine, by visiting the County’s vaccine information website at: https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/.
You are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 approximately two weeks after receiving your second dose in a two-dose series, such as with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. If you received the Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen, you are considered fully vaccinated approximately two weeks after receiving your single-dose vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC), those who are fully vaccinated may:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low-risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, remember that not everyone else is, so you should continue to:
- Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing.
- Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19, or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19.
- Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
- Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow guidance issued by individual employers.
- Follow CDC and Santa Barbara County health department requirements and recommendations.
With regard to medium or large sized gatherings, the CDC recommends that all people, regardless of vaccination status, should adhere to current guidance to avoid medium- or large-sized in-person gatherings and to follow any applicable local guidance restricting the size of gatherings.
With regard to travel, the CDC has not updated its travel recommendations and requirements, so you should continue to follow their recommendations.
For more information about local public health orders, guidance, and vaccine distribution in Santa Barbara County, please visit: https://publichealthsbc.org/
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) –Santa Barbara County has met the State’s Orange Tier case rate and positivity rate allowing movement into the less restrictive Orange Tier, effective Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8 a.m. A new Health Officer Order will be issued which includes guidance on business operations in the Orange Tier. The new Health Officer Order will further ease restrictions and allow more indoor activities, in accordance with the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
The County can move into the Orange Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy because its case rate has been under 6 cases per every 100,000 residents for the last two weeks. To qualify for the Orange Tier, a region must have a case rate between 2 and 5.9 cases per every 100,000 residents. Santa Barbara County’s case rate is now 4.5 cases per every 100,000 residents and positivity rate stands at 1.8.
“We have made significant progress in lowering our local case rate,” states Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. “Every member of our community plays an important role in helping us achieve and continue to enjoy the benefits of loosening restrictions. We must continue to be mindful of safety practices including wearing masks, physically distancing, washing hands and getting vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Here are some of the activities now allowed under the Orange Tier:
- Restaurants:Indoor seating increases to 50% capacity or 200 people maximum.
- Gyms and Fitness Centers:25% capacity indoors; indoor pools can open.
- Wineries and Breweries:25% or 100 people indoors maximum
- Movie Theaters:50% or 200 people maximum.
- Museums, Zoos and Aquariums:50% capacity for indoor activities.
- Places of Worship:50% capacity indoor activities.
- Bars with no food service:Open outdoors with modifications.
- All retail:No capacity limits.
For more information about the COVID-19 response locally, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org or call 2-1-1.
County Public Health: www.PublicHealthSBC.org, Twitter and Facebook
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org, Twitter, Facebook
2-1-1 Call Center: Dial 211 or outside the area, call (800) 400-1572
Community Wellness Team Information and Referral Line: (805) 364-2750