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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccine Distribution Plan

Sansum Clinic’s limited vaccine supply is managed by the state, and our distribution plan is under the specific direction of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. We ask for your patience as we work to vaccinate everyone who is eligible as soon as possible.

Vaccines by appointment only. No walk-up appointments.

Date updated: 1-5-2022

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • People age 5 years and older
    • Pfizer is the only vaccine FDA approved for those age 5-17.

COVID-19 Booster Information:

Please bring your COVID-19 vaccine card to your booster appointment.

IF YOU RECEIVED PFIZER BIONTECH:
  • You should get a booster if you are: ages 12 years and older
  • When to get a booster? At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. 
  • Which booster should you get? 
    • Children 12-17 years old can get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster.
    • Adults 18 years and older can get any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States. 
IF YOU RECEIVED MODERNA:
  • You should get a booster if you are: ages 18 years and older
    • When to get a booster? At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. 
    • Which booster should you get? Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States. 
    IF YOU RECEIVED JOHNSON & JOHNSON’S (JANSSEN):
    • You should get a booster if you are: ages 18 years and older
    • When to get a booster? At least 2 months after your initial shot. 
    • Which booster should you get? Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States. 
    BOOSTER DOSE AND FORMULATION:
    • A Pfizer booster dose is the same dose and formulation as the first and second shots.
    • A Moderna booster is half the dose of the same formulation used for first and second shots.
    • A Johnson & Johnson booster is the same dose and formulation as the first shot. 

    Mixing and matching booster vaccine types: The FDA and CDC now allow for the mixing and matching of booster doses for people 18 years and older. People 18 years and older can opt to receive the original vaccine type they received, or a different one, as supplies allow.  

    Immunocompromised Individuals:

    Adults 18 years and older whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive a third dose of Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days following their second dose. If you meet this criteria, please contact your doctor for a third dose.

    Children 5 to 17 years old whose immune systems are compromised may be eligible to receive a third dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. If you meet this criteria, please contact your doctor.

    How to Schedule an Appointment:

    Patients age 5–17 years oldSchedule an appointment on MyChart (select “visits”, “schedule an appointment”) or call the Pediatrics Department at (805) 563-6211. Patients need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a consent form is required. 

    Patients age 18+: Schedule an appointment on MyChart (select “visits”, “schedule an appointment”) or call (805) 681-7805If you are not a patient of Sansum Clinic, or if you would like to schedule with another community provider, visit myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255.

    Until we are able to offer them in greater quantity, we recommend scheduling with a local pharmacy providing vaccines for this age range (list below), or visiting the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website for a calendar of mobile vaccination clinics, some which are vaccinating children. 

    • Ralphs Pharmacy: 100 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 - website
    • CVS: 3939 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - website
    • CVS: 1835 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 - website
    • CVS: 2973 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - website
    • Vons Pharmacy: 1046 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108 - website
    • CVS: 1982 Old Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463 - website
    • Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy: 1120 East Clark Avenue, Orcutt, CA 93455 - website
    • CVS: 1317 North H Street, Lompoc, CA 93436 - website
    • Albertsons Sav-on Pharmacy: 1500 North H Street, Lompoc, CA 93436 - website
    • Rite Aid: 345 Town Center West, Santa Maria, CA 93458 - website
    • Rite Aid: 2405 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454 - website
    • Walgreens: 707 N Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454 - website
    • Albertsons: 2320 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454 - website

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Many patients are calling with the questions below. Please review this information and if you have any additional questions, send a MyChart message to your primary care provider.

     

    COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information

    COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information

    Is there a difference between a third dose of an mRNA COVID vaccine versus a booster dose?
    Am I considered fully vaccinated without a booster?
    Do I need a booster dose?
    Will an antibody or other test show whether I need a booster dose?
    If I need a booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?
    Can I get a Pfizer booster after a Moderna initial series (or vice versa) or one of the mRNA vaccines after a J&J vaccine?
    Should I mix and match my COVID-19 booster vaccine?
    Can I get multiple boosters?
    Does receiving a booster eliminate the need for further precautions?
    Are there side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?

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    Stay Up-To-Date

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    General Information

    General Information

    What COVID-19 vaccines are available at Sansum Clinic?
    What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
    How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?
    Will the vaccine work against new COVID-19 variants?
    Can the vaccines cause COVID-19?
    Can the COVID-19 vaccine be co-administered with other vaccines?
    How long does protection from a COVID-19 vaccine last?

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    Safety and Side Effects

    Safety and Side Effects

    Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
    Was the vaccine made too quickly?
    What are the potential side effects to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
    If I have side effects after receiving the vaccine, am I contagious to those around me?
    I had a reaction to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses. Should I get a second dose?

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    Who Should Get the Vaccine?

    Who Should Get the Vaccine?

    Is there anyone who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine?
    Is the vaccine safe for those with compromised immune systems?
    If I am of child-bearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding, is it safe for me to get the vaccine?
    Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have a history of severe allergic reactions?
    If I have already had COVID-19, do I still need to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
    Can I get the vaccine if I am currently ill/infected with COVID-19?
    If I received monoclonal antibody therapy or convalescent plasma as treatment for COVID-19 illness, do I need to wait to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
    Can children receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

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    Vaccine Availability and Scheduling

    Vaccine Availability and Scheduling

    Can I select which vaccine to receive at Sansum Clinic?
    Will I be billed for the vaccine?
    Can I get a vaccination if I just show up without an appointment?
    Can I get a COVID-19 vaccination when I come for my next appointment?
    If I received the first vaccine dose somewhere else, can I receive my second dose at Sansum Clinic?

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    After Your Vaccination

    After Your Vaccination

    Do I still need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine?
    Will I test positive for COVID-19 after I receive a vaccination?

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