COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Information

Local Vaccine Distribution Updates

The Santa Barbara County Health Department will be following guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to prioritize vaccine distribution. Vaccine production is slowly increasing in the United States. A phased approach will be used to ensure high-risk community members are prioritized as vaccine distribution continues.

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic and getting Santa Barbara County’s local economy and our communities back to some level of normalcy while increasing our safety. 

A COVID-19 Vaccine will:

  • Reduce number of people with COVID-19
  • Reduce severity of illness
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Reduce deaths

This is only the beginning and we must all continue to do our part to stay safe while until the vaccine becomes widely available. Stay home as much as possible. If you must leave, continue to wear a face covering and keep at least 6 feet of distance from anyone you don’t live with. Wash your hands frequently and avoid gathering with other households.

Santa Barbara County Distribution Plan & Timeline

Per CDPH guidelines 12-5-2020 Prioritized distribution to: Persons at risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings. Residents of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar long-term care setting for older or medically vulnerable individuals. 

Healthcare Professional Appointment scheduler for appointments at Public Health Facilities

Healthcare Professional Appointment scheduler for appointments at local pharmacies

Phase 1A Vaccine Distribution Target Populations and Delivery Dates

PHASE 1A TIER 1 VACCINATION UNDERWAY

TARGET POPULATION

PLAN FOR VACCINATION

HOW WILL YOU BE NOTIFIED

Staff of acute care hospitals, psych, correctional facility hospitals

Paramedics, EMTs and others providing emergency medical services 

 

 

Facilities are actively vaccinating their employees.

Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings.

Some primary care providers are also providing vaccines

Employers notify their staff.

Public Health is communicating with these employers, through provider alerts, regarding access to community vaccination sites.

Individuals can contact their primary care provider as well.

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

 

 

Residents and staff in these settings are being vaccinated through the CDC’s pharmacy program and Public Health.

 

CVS or Walgreens communicate directly with the facilities; facilities notify their staff as well as residents.

Public Health is also working directly with facilities.

Dialysis Center staff

 

Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings.

Some primary care providers are also providing vaccines.

 

Employers notify their staff. HCA is communicating with these employers regarding access to community vaccination sites.

Individuals can contact their primary care provider as well.

PHASE 1A TIER 2 VACCINATION UNDERWAY

TARGET POPULATION

PLAN FOR VACCINATION

HOW WILL YOU BE NOTIFIED

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  

Facilities are actively vaccinating their employees.

Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings.

Some primary care providers are also providing vaccines.

 

 

Employers notify their staff. Public Health is communicating with these employers, through provider information notices, regarding access to community vaccination sites.

Individuals can contact their primary care provider as well.

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

Several large community clinics have begun vaccinating their staff as well as staff from smaller clinics with whom they are partnering.

Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are also available for staff in these settings.

Some primary care providers are also providing vaccines.

Employers notify their staff. Public Health is communicating with these employers, through provider information notices, regarding access to community vaccination sites.

Individuals can contact their primary care provider as well.

PHASE 1A TIER 3 VACCINATION UNDERWAY

TARGET POPULATION

PLAN FOR VACCINATION

HOW WILL YOU BE NOTIFIED

Specialty clinics

Laboratory workers

Dental and other oral health clinics

Pharmacy (if not included previously)

Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for staff in these settings.

Some primary care providers are also providing vaccines.

Employers notify their staff. Public Health is communicating with these employers, through provider information notices, regarding access to community vaccination sites.

Individuals can contact their primary care provider as well.

Phase 1B Vaccine Distribution Target Populations and Delivery Dates

PHASE 1B TIER 1 Persons 75+: VACCINATION UNDERWAY

TARGET POPULATION

PLAN FOR VACCINATION

HOW YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED

Persons age 75 and older

 

Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for this population. Some primary care providers are also providing vaccines.

Healthcare Providers will notify their patients if they have vaccine available. Community members can also register here for appointments at community vaccine clinics.

PHASE 1B TIER 1 All Other Populations: FEBRUARY

TARGET POPULATION

PLAN FOR VACCINATION

HOW YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED

Persons age 65 and older

 

Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for this population. Some primary care providers are also providing vaccines.

Healthcare Providers will notify their patients if they have vaccine available. Public Health will also communicate broadly when eligible

TARGET POPULATION

PLAN FOR VACCINATION

HOW YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED

Food and Agriculture

Education and Childcare

Emergency Services (firefighters, law enforcement, probation, corrections)

Three community vaccination sites (PODS) are available for this population. Some primary care providers are also providing vaccines.

Employers notify their staff. Healthcare Providers will notify their patients if they have vaccine available. Public Health will also communicate broadly when eligible.

PHASE 1B TIER 2

TARGET POPULATION

ESTIMATED DATES FOR VACCINATION

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

Transportation and logistics

Industrial, commercial, residential, and sheltering facilities and services

Critical manufacturing

*For more information about specific sectors within the essential workforce click here.

Congregate settings with outbreak risk:

Incarcerated

Homeless

 

Early February 2021-Mid-March 2021

Phase 1C Vaccine Distribution Target Populations and Delivery Dates

PHASE 1C

TARGET POPULATION

ESTIMATED DATES FOR VACCINATION

Persons age 50 – 64

Persons 16 to 49 years of age  that have an underlying health condition or disability which increases their risk of severe COVID-19

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

Water and wastewater

Defense

Energy

Chemical and hazardous materials

Communications and IT

Financial services

Government operations / community-based essential functions

Veterinarians/ Veterinary Staff

*For more information about specific sectors within the essential workforce click here.

Following completion of Phase 1A and 1B

Phase 2 Vaccine Distribution Target Populations and Delivery Dates

PHASE 2

TARGET POPULATION

ESTIMATED DATES FOR VACCINATION

All other person 16 years or older and not already recommended for vaccination in Phase 1a, 1b or 1c.

Late Spring

Phase 3 Vaccine Distribution Target Populations and Delivery Dates

PHASE 3

TARGET POPULATION

ESTIMATED DATES FOR VACCINATION

All others not yet vaccinated

TBD

How many COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Santa Barbara County?

  • 8,775 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines
  • 8,800 Moderna vaccines
  • Total: 17,575 vaccines
These vaccines have been administered at local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and health care centers to persons in Phase 1A, Tier 1.

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.

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