The hospital has 8,500 first-dose Pfizer appointments available for its clinic this week, open from Tuesday through Saturday, and an additional 1,500 second-dose appointments, according to Bob Behbehanian, director of marketing and consumerism at Cottage Health.
All community members over the age of 16 are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, but those 16 or 17 are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide consent, Behbehanian said.
Appointments are required and must be made in advance on MyTurn, the state’s COVID-19 vaccine scheduling platform.
As of Sunday, 256,125 doses of the vaccine have been delivered into the arms of county residents through state and federal allocations, and 21.1% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated, according to the county’s Community Data Dashboard.
There has not been a COVID-19-related death reported in the county in the last six days, and only nine deaths reported over the last two weeks, according to Noozhawk’s data tracking.
The county’s total COVID-19 death toll remains at 441.
There were 17 county residents hospitalized by the novel virus as of Monday, including three in intensive-care units. The county’s ICU availability rate was 27.6%, according to Public Health.
Of Monday’s new cases, seven were from Santa Barbara and four were from the Santa Maria Valley. The Montecito-Summerland-Carpinteria area and the Goleta Valley each reported three new cases, and Isla Vista and the Santa Ynez Valley each tallied two. Three cases were still pending geographic location.
There have been 33,727 confirmed cases in Santa Barbara County since the pandemic began.