Agriculture and Food Workers
Beginning March 1, 2021, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will open vaccine eligibility to residents in the following sectors: Education & Childcare, Emergency Services, Food/Grocery and Agricultural workers. Per California State guidelines, 30% of the county’s vaccine allocation will be utilized for people in these sectors.
Who is eligible in this sector?
1. Workers supporting:
- Convenience Stores
- Retail that sells food or beverage products
- Retail that sells animal/pet food
- Retail customer support service
- Information technology support staff for online orders, pickup/takeout or delivery
2. Workers supporting restaurant carry-out and quick serve food operations, including food preparation, carry-out and delivery food employees
3. Food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees to include those employed in:
- Food Ingredient Production and processing facilities
- Aquaculture and Seafood Harvesting Facilities
- Livestock, Poultry, Seafood slaughter facilities
- Pet and Animal Feed processing facilities
- Human food facilities producing by-products for animal food
- Beverage production facilities; and the production of food packaging, including recycling operations and processing
4. Farmers, farm and ranch workers, and agribusiness support services to include those employed in
- Auction and sales
- Grain and oilseed handling
- Agribusiness storage, processing and distribution
- Animal food, feed, and ingredient production
- Animal food packaging, and distribution
- Manufacturing, Packaging, and Distribution of veterinary drugs
- Truck delivery and transport
5. Farmers, farm and ranch workers, support service workers and their supplier employees producing food supply domestically and for export to include those engaged in raising, cultivating, harvesting, packing, storing, or delivering to storage or to market or to a carrier for transportation to market any agricultural or horticultural commodity for human consumption; those engaged in producing and harvesting field crops; cannabis growers; agricultural and commodity inspection; fuel ethanol facilities; storage facilities; biodiesel and renewable diesel facilities; and other agricultural inputs
6. Employees and firms supporting food, feed, and beverage distribution and ingredients used in these products including warehouse workers, vendor-managed inventory controllers, and blockchain managers
7. Workers supporting the sanitation of all food manufacturing processes and operations from wholesale to retail
8. Workers supporting the growth and distribution of plants and associated products for home gardens
9. Workers in cafeterias used to feed workers, particularly worker populations sheltered against COVID-19
10. Workers in animal diagnostic and food testing laboratories
11. Workers essential for assistance programs and government payments (Must have regular face to face contact with the public)
12. Government, private, and non-governmental organizations’ workers essential for food assistance programs (including school lunch programs) and government payments (Must have regular face to face contact with the public)
13. Employees of companies engaged in the production, storage, transport, and distribution of chemicals; medicines, including cannabis; vaccines; and other substances used by the food and agriculture industry, including seeds, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, minerals, enrichments, and other agricultural production aids
14. Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in:
- Veterinary health (including those involved in supporting emergency veterinary or livestock services)
- Raising of animals for food
- Animal production operations
- Livestock markets
- Slaughter and packing plants, manufacturers, renderers, and associated regulatory and government workforce.
15. Transportation supporting animal agricultural industries, including movement of animal medical and reproductive supplies and material, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed ingredients, feed, and bedding, live animals, animal medical materials; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; and associated regulatory and government workforce
16. Workers who support sawmills and the manufacture and distribution of fiber and forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood and fiber products
17. Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution
18. Workers at animal care facilities that provide food, shelter, veterinary and/or routine care and other necessities of life for animals.
Vaccination Sites & Appointments
Lompoc Community Vaccination Clinic for ALL eligible populations.
WHERE: Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center in Lompoc, 1120 W Ocean Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436
WHEN: Sunday, March 28, 2021 through Saturday, April 3, 2021 9:30AM – 6:30PM
Location: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (Santa Barbara)
633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. Enter via the driveway on Calle Puerto Vallarta
No 1st dose appointments available at this time.
Location: Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria)
800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454. Building S. Enter via Sierra Madre Ave.
No 1st dose appointments available at this time.
CVS Pharmacies: CVS Pharmacies will be receiving vaccine allocation directly from the Federal Government. Buellton and Santa Maria locations will be taking appointments. Access the National scheduling link and select your location.
Rite Aid Pharmacies: Rite Aid Pharmacies will be receiving vaccine allocation direction from the Federal Government. Access the National scheduling link to view available locations.
MyTurn California Vaccination Scheduler
Find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, schedule appointments, and sign up for notifications directly with MyTurn.
Those registered for an appointment should bring:
Documentation with your name on it and proof of employment in Santa Barbara County. The name on your documentation should match the name on your appointment confirmation. Examples of acceptable documentation with your name include a driver’s license, business card, work ID, library card, letter from your employer or school, bank/ATM cards, Costco card, electrical bill, matricula consular, paystub, passport, money transfer receipt, etc. Please note that the documentation does not need to be a government-issued ID to receive a vaccine.
If you are not currently eligible for a vaccine, please do not make an appointment. YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY AT THE VACCINE SITE. This takes away an appointment from someone who is eligible and slows down the process for everyone.
If you have questions, please call 2-1-1 and select option 4.
Vaccination Appointment FAQs
There is a limited amount of vaccines available at this time. As more vaccines become available, we will once again offer appointments. If you haven’t already, please sign up to receive email notifications about vaccination availability for your population. Click here to sign up to receive vaccine email info.
If you try to sign up online for a vaccination appointment and are told that appointments are full, you will need to check back for an appointment and register your request again online as information is not saved.
If you have contacted your medical provider for a vaccination and have tried to sign up online for a vaccination appointment, you may have been told there is no vaccine available at this time. As soon as more vaccine is available, more appointments will be offered. If you haven’t already, please sign up to receive email notifications about vaccination availability for your population. Click here to sign up to receive vaccine email info.