By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health
If you are a frontline health care worker or you are 75 years of age and older, you can sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Santa Barbara County.
There are a few different ways people in these eligible categories can get vaccinated. Area hospitals and health care providers registered for distribution of the vaccine are reaching out to patients who are eligible, and you may have received a call to get your vaccine this way. For frontline healthcare workers, you are being contacted by your employer to schedule your vaccination appointment. In Santa Barbara County some local pharmacies are also vaccinating health care providers and those 75 and older, which is based on vaccine availability. Some local pharmacies are also offering vaccine appointments to health care providers and those over the age of 75 based on vaccine availability.
In addition, the Public Health Department for the County of Santa Barbara has Points of Distribution (PODS) in the community. To receive your vaccination at a County POD, you may sign up for an appointment. You may also learn more about vaccinations, sign up for updates and schedule your vaccine on the Public Health website. If you need help scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination, you may call 2-1-1 to receive personal assistance for registering for a vaccination appointment.
If you are 65 to 74 years of age, we look forward to inviting you to be vaccinated in the coming weeks. 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.
We want to make sure you can obtain your vaccine as soon as more doses are available when more appointments will be offered. We thank you for your patience.
Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP is a graduate of Justus-Liebig-University Medical School Giessen, Germany. He completed Residency training in Munich, Germany and Tucson, AZ and is board certified in Family Practice (Germany) and Internal Medicine (USA). Dr. Ansorg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is on the Medical Staff at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He has many years of experience in different clinical settings including 10 years of Private Practice and Urgent Care in Munich, Germany, as well as 11 years of Internal Medicine/Geriatrics in Arizona, as well as 4 years at the Santa Barbara County Health Care Center. Dr. Ansorg has served as Public Health Officer for Santa Barbara County since April 2019.