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COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINE INFORMATION
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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: 6-24-2022

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • People age 6 months and older should receive a primary vaccine series
    • Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine:
      • 6 months – 4 years: 3 doses of Pfizer in the primary series. The first and second doses are given
        3–8 weeks apart and the second and third doses are given at least 8 weeks apart.
      • 5 Years and Older: 2 doses of Pfizer in the primary series, given 3–8 weeks apart.
    • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine:
      • 6 months and older: 2 doses of Moderna in the primary series, given 4-8 weeks apart.

COVID-19 Booster Information:

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

FIRST BOOSTER DOSE

People ages 5 years and older should receive a first booster dose after completing their primary series

  • Age 18+:  A first booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is recommended:
    • At least 5 months after completing Pfizer or Moderna primary series.
    • At least 2 months after receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Ages 5-17: A first booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is recommended at least 5 months after completing the Pfizer primary series.
    SECOND BOOSTER DOSE

    The following people should receive a second booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine:

    • Ages 50+: At least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose.
    • Ages 12+, Immunocompromised: See section below and contact your doctor to schedule.

      BOOSTER GUIDANCE FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVED JOHNSON & JOHNSON/JANSSEN: 

      • If you received Johnson & Johnson as your primary vaccine, you should get a PFizer or Moderna first booster at least 2 months after your primary vaccine.
      • If you received Johnson & Johnson as your primary vaccine and first booster, you should get a Pfizer or Moderna second booster at least 4 months after your first booster.

      Immunocompromised Individuals:

      Vaccine eligibility is different for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. If you fit this criteria, please contact your doctor to schedule.

      How to Schedule an Appointment:

      • Patients age 6 months – 17 years old: Schedule an appointment on MyChart 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 or by calling (805) 681-7805
      • Not a patient of Sansum Clinic? Visit myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255.

         

        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

        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?
        Are there side effects to the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?
        What do I need to know about myocarditis related to the COVID-19 vaccine?

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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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