COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Vaccine webpage is your main source for updated information.  On this page you will find updated information on target groups being vaccinated, when and where people will be vaccinated and how to schedule appointments.

Education & Childcare, Emergency Services, Food/Grocery and Agricultural 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.

Currently Vaccinating Snapshot

STILL ELIGIBLE

Healthcare, community health workers, emergency medical personnel, long-term care staff and residents.

Adults 65+

STARTING MARCH 1

Emergency Services, Food & Agriculture Workers, Education & Child Care

STARTING MARCH 15

Healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of several severe health conditions.

Links to Vaccination Appointments for Eligible Populations

At-a-Glance Vaccination Table

PHASE 1A VACCINE DISTRIBUTION TARGET POPULATIONS AND DELIVERY DATES

CURRENTLY VACCINATING

PHASE 1A Tier 1

December 2020 – February 2021

Staff of acute care hospitals, psych, correctional facility hospitals

Paramedics, EMTs and others providing emergency medical services 

Staff/residents in long term care setting serving older and high risk

Dialysis Center staff

PHASE 1A TIER 2

December 2020 – February 2021

Intermediate care facilities for persons who need non-continuous nursing supervision and supportive care

Home health care and in-home supportive services

Community health workers, including promotoras

Public health field staff  

Primary Care clinics, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, correctional facility clinics, and urgent care clinics

PHASE 1A TIER 3

December 2020 – February 2021

Specialty clinics

Laboratory workers

Dental and other oral health clinics

Pharmacy (if not included previously)

PHASE 1B VACCINE DISTRIBUTION TARGET POPULATIONS AND DELIVERY DATES

CURRENTLY VACCINATING

PHASE 1B TIER 1

People 65+

As of March 1, 2021:

Those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors:

Education & Childcare  

Emergency Services: Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Probation, Corrections

Food/Grocery and Agricultural workers 

*For a complete listing of the essential workforce by sector click here

BEGINNING MARCH 15, 2021

Healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the following severe health conditions:

·       Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state

·       Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above

·       Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent

·       Down syndrome

·       Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

·       Pregnancy

·       Sickle cell disease

·       Heart conditions: heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)

·       Severe obesity (Body Mass Index ≥ 40 kg/m2)

·       Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%

OR

If as a result of a developmental or other severe high-risk disability one or more of the following applies:

·       The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection

·       Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival

·       Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability

The list of eligible conditions is subject to change as additional scientific evidence is published and as CDPH obtains and analyzes additional state-specific data.

FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL INFORMATION AND ROLES

  • Which vaccines are approved for use in United States (FDA)
  • How much vaccine will be allocated to each state (CDC)
  • Overall framework for who gets vaccine at each phase of the rollout (CDC)
  • Ongoing research, monitoring, and oversight (NIH, FDA, CDC)

Vaccine Roll Out in California

The California Department of Public Health has convened a Drafting Guidelines Workgroup which is leveraging national prioritization frameworks and reviewing data regarding occupational exposure and COVID-19 risk to prioritize sectors across phases and tiered population groups. All California counties will follow these guidelines in administering vaccine.  However, given the number of people falling into the various tiers in a specific county, the uptake of those in the priority group in getting vaccinated, and the logistics and timeline for use of the vaccine so that no doses go to waste, counties may be in different tiers in administering vaccine to their population. Specifically, the CDPH will decide:

  • Which vaccine(s) will be used in CA
  • How much vaccine will be allocated to each local health jurisdiction/county
  • State-specific framework for who will get vaccine when (per federal guidelines)
  • Which data systems will be used across the state to monitor vaccine distribution and uptake
  • Ongoing data collection, monitoring and oversight

For more information:

California Community Vaccine Advisory Committee

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Community-Vaccine-Advisory-Committee.aspx

California Department of Public health Vaccination Planning Webpage

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-19Vaccine.aspx

  • Coordinate local infrastructure for vaccine storage, distribution, & administration
  • Promote equitable distribution across local communities
  • Develop County-specific framework for who gets vaccine when (per state guidelines)
  • Conduct ongoing data reporting and monitoring

Local Planning:

The County’s role and responsibility in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine is logistics: planning and preparing for the distribution of one or more vaccines. Hospitals, health care systems, and community clinics will administer vaccines in compliance with federal, state and county requirements. Federal authorities also have created a partnership with pharmacies to disseminate the vaccines through mobile clinics inside nursing homes and care facilities all over the country. The County has submitted plans to the California Department of Public Health with local vaccine distribution plans.  

Per State and Federal policy, COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to specific populations in phases and community sites would be in the last phase. Local planning will leverage lessons learned from flu clinics, which were modified to accommodate COVID-19 considerations, data on need, and community feedback, as well as our 2009 experience with H1N1.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are following closely the work of California’s vaccine planning task force, which is determining many of the policies and procedures for which vaccine gets distributed when, how, and to whom. The State’s decisions will be implemented through our local plans.

Stay Informed – CDC and CDPH Information