As of Monday, 70.1% of the eligible population within Santa Barbara County is fully vaccinated, compared to 59.3% of the total county population. The county has administered 562,519 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine so far.

The county is still reporting higher cases of Covid-19 in unvaccinated populations. Between the week of Oct. 1 and Oct. 7, the county reported 283 cases of Covid-19 in unvaccinated populations, and 84 among vaccinated populations.

The majority of cases are seen in the 30–49 age group, for a peak 152 cases between the week of Oct. 8 and Oct. 14. 

During that same week, the county reported 37 hospitalizations due to Covid-19 – 15 in the intensive care unit – and eight deaths. That week saw 442 new cases, for 375 active cases and 43,243 total cases, and 516 total deaths. 

On Monday, parents across the state held their children home or physically protested outside school district offices in protest of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren. The Covid-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren would kick in once the FDA issues full approval for a Covid-19 vaccine for children.. 

Last week, the CDC reported that the Pfizer vaccine was 93% effective against hospitalizations for Covid-19 for those between the ages of 12 and 18. 

To learn where to get vaccinated within the county, visit

To get tested for Covid-19, find a site at These sites are only offering the PCR test. For more information from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, call 211 and press #4 or email the county at

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