Residents of Santa Barbara County who are age 65 and older are now eligible to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This expanded eligibility, effective Feb. 16, allows for local health care providers, pharmacies, hospitals and Public Health vaccination sites to open appointments to those 65+ once vaccines become available to them. Vaccine supplies are still very limited and health care providers are simultaneously ensuring those that received a first dose will also be able to receive a second dose. Appointments will be very limited, according to the county.

Just under 6,000 doses of vaccine are expected to arrive in Santa Barbara County next week, the vast majority of which are slated for second doses. Approximately 11,000 second doses will be administered in the next two weeks. Santa Barbara County currently has over 40,000 residents between the ages of 65 and 74. Appointments will likely become available through health care providers and pharmacies before they become available at Public Health vaccination sites.

For additional details, visit publichealthsbc.org/vaccine or call 2-1-1 and press “4” for assistance. The County Call Center is available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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