The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the county reaffirmed in its weekly update. The third dose should be received at least 28 days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines. 

“People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to Covid-19, and may not build the same level of immunity to two-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised,” the county said in a press release. 

Immunocompromised people include those who have been receiving cancer treatment; have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress their immune system; have received a stem cell transplant within the last two years; have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency; have an advanced or untreated HIV infection; or are actively being treated with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that can suppress the immune system. 

For those who are not immunocompromised, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that Covid-19 vaccine booster shots are planned to be available this fall. 

As of Sept. 9, 56% of Santa Barbara County is fully vaccinated, up 55.3% compared to last week. The county has now administered roughly 524,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Between the week of Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, 780 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the county, for a total of 645 active cases, six new deaths and 62 hospitalizations. There have now been 40,280 total cases of Covid-19 within the county, and 487 total deaths. 

The county is also seeking community responses for a survey analyzing how Covid-19 has affected the mental health of members of the community, and what the county can do to further help mental health responses. The deadline to respond to the survey is Sept. 30. The survey is available at recoverysbc.org/covidrecovery. 

To learn where to get vaccinated within the county, visit publichealthsbc.org/vaccine. To get tested for Covid-19, find a site at publichealthsbc.org/testing. 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 PHDDOC.PIOCommunitySupport@sbcphd.org. Learn more at publichealthSBC.org.

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