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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: 4-1-2022

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.

First Booster Dose
  • Age 18+: People in this age group can receive a first booster dose of their choice:
    • At least 5 months after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
    • At least 2 months after receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Ages 12-17: A first booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is available at least 5 months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Ages 5-11: A booster dose is not available for this age group.
    Second Booster Dose

    The following people are eligible to receive a second booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines only:

    • Ages 50+: A second booster dose of either vaccine is available at least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose.
    • Ages 18+, Immunocompromised: A second booster dose of either vaccine is available at least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose.
    • Ages 12-17, Immunocompromised: A second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is available at least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose.
    • Ages 18+: A second booster dose of either vaccine is available at least 4 months after receiving a first booster dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

      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:

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

      Age 18+

      • A third dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is available at least 28 days after receiving the second dose, to complete the recommended 3-dose primary vaccine series for immunocompromised individuals
      • A first booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is available at least 3 months after receiving the third dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or at least 2 months after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
      • A second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is available at least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose.

      Ages 12-17

      • A third dose of Pfizer vaccine is available at least 28 days after receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine, to complete the recommended 3-dose primary vaccine series for immunocompromised individuals
      • A first booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is available at least 3 months after receiving the third dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 
      • A second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine is available at least 4 months after receiving the first booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine

      Ages 5-11

      • A third dose of the Pfizer vaccine is available at least 28 days after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, to complete the recommended 3-dose primary vaccine series for immunocompromised individuals.

      How to Schedule an Appointment:

      • Patients age 5–17 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
      • Immunocompromised patients: Please contact your doctor to schedule an appointment.
      • 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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