COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccine

All individuals ages 16 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Details about vaccine administration, including appointment availability and scheduling, can be found on the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website.

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Regardless of an individual's vaccination status, COVID-19 testing remains:

  • Required for all undergraduate students living in campus housing, working or attending class on campus or participating in other campus activities.
  • Strongly recommended for for graduate students living in campus housing, conducting research, working or attending classes on campus or participating in any other campus activities.
  • Strongly recommended for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and fellows conducting research or teaching on campus or participating in any other campus activities.

Visit the testing page for more information.

Current Status of Vaccinations 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) has announced that all individuals ages 16 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Student Health Service (SHS) is holding a series of vaccination clinics over four weeks beginning Thursday, May 20, offering the one-dose Johnsons & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. Open to all UC Santa Barbara faculty and staff members and students ages 18 and older, the clinic will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on four consecutive Thursdays — May 20, May 27, June 3 and June 10 — in the SHS building. Appointments for the vaccination clinics may be scheduled by logging on to the Student Health Patient Portal using a UCSB NetID and password. Health insurance is not required and there is no cost to faculty, staff or students. Additional information can be found in a message to the campus community. from Vejas Skripkus, M.D., executive director of Student Health; Stuart Feinstein, COVID-19 response team coordinator and professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology; Scott Grafton, M.D., campus COVID-19 mitigation program manager and professor of psychological and brain sciences; Mary Ferris, M.D., campus COVID-19 clinical advisor; and Garry Mac Pherson, associate vice chancellor for administrative services.

Vaccine appointments continue to be available locally through the California Department of Public Health portal MyTurn. Registration by telephone also is available in multiple languages at the CA COVID-19 Hotline (1-833-422-4255). In addition, Cottage Health’s Drive-Up Vaccination Clinic at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is offering appointments. The drive-up clinic has separate lines to accommodate walk-ins and bicyclists. Appointments can be made at cottagehealth.org/vaccine.

The website Vaccines.gov also provides information about vaccine availability at nearby locations. Residents of Ventura County can make vaccination appointments here, and those in San Luis Obispo County can do so here.

Anyone needing assistance in making an appointment can call 2-1-1 and select option 4 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily).

Please note: Individuals who have been vaccinated should continue to follow the protocols outlined on our Testing page until we receive further guidance from the CDC and from state and local health officials.

FAQs

In Santa Barbara County, vaccine eligibility includes all individuals ages 16 and above. 

Vaccination appointments may be scheduled through the California Department of Public Health Portal MyTurn, or through multiple sites listed in the COVID-19 Vaccine Information section of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website. Information about vaccine availability at nearby locations can found at Vaccines.gov. Residents of Ventura County can make vaccination appointments here, and those in San Luis Obispo County can do so here.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Information section of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s website provides detailed information about vaccine availability throughout Santa Barbara County, including County Public Health Department vaccination clinics, and pharmacies, health care providers and other community-based vaccination sites. Instructions and links for scheduling appointments also are listed.

It is recommended that you bring proof of your student status and/or local address to your vaccination appointment. This can be in the form of your UCSB ACCESS Card, a bill or invoice that shows your name and local address, a pay stub from a local employer or another document that proves you study, work and/or reside in Santa Barbara County.

No proof of citizenship or immigration status is required. Some COVID-19 appointment websites ask for health insurance information. Those who don't have health insurance should enter “not applicable.” UCSB students insured by the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) can find their insurance information in the StudentHealth app through Anthem Blue Cross.

Yes, but when you make your vaccine appointment in Santa Barbara be sure you are receiving the same TYPE of vaccine you originally got (i.e. Pfizer, with your second dose 21 days later, or Moderna, with your second dose 28 days later). If you passed your date to get a second vaccine, it's still important to get it as soon as possible, even if it's late. Bring your original vaccine card with you to your appointment so information about your second dose can be recorded. If you have lost your vaccine card and don't know which vaccine you originally received, you should request your records from the provider who gave it, or if you obtained it in California, request the information by completing this online form and uploading a government-issued picture ID such as a current driver’s license).

Both vaccines use mRNA technology to stimulate an immune response to create antibodies for future protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, they have differences in their composition and storage. A more detailed explanation that can be found on The Current in a Q&A with Scott Grafton, M.D., the campus’s COVID-19 coordinator and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, and Charles Samuels, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Additional information about the individual vaccines is available on the CDC website:

Explanation of the three vaccines is available on the CDC website. The California Department of Public Health has issued recent updates about the single dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.

The vaccines approved by the FDA under Emergency Use Authorization have been endorsed by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and by a special group of California experts following clinical trials involving tens of thousands of patients. Monitoring of ongoing vaccine safety is continuing through the CDC, and vaccine recipients are invited to enroll after they receive their first dose to add their experiences as part of this monitoring.

The COVID-19 vaccine is provided free of charge. However, health care professionals may charge insurers for the cost of administering the vaccine.

The UC Office of the President has announced a proposed policy that would require students, employees and academic appointees who wish to access campus facilities at any UC location beginning fall quarter to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The requirement would go into effect once a vaccine is granted full approval from the U.S. Food and drug administration. More information can be found on UCnet along with student FAQs and employee FAQs. Members of the UC Santa Barbara community are invited to share comments about the proposed COVID-19 vaccination policy. Comments may be directed to policy@ucsb.edu.

Yes. There is currently not enough information to indicate whether or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again, so you should get the COVID-19 vaccine even if you have already recovered. You cannot receive the vaccine if you have an active COVID-19 infection or are completing a quarantine period after a possible exposure.

Yes, if you are in a crowded place and mixing with other people whose vaccine status is unknown. However, in many situations, being fully vaccinated can allow you to interact with other people without wearing a mask or maintaining physical distance. The Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health provide more details on how to keep yourself and others safe after vaccination.

UCSB students may submit their COVID-19 vaccination online through the Student Health website.  

Whether faculty and staff members will be asked to submit vaccination documentation, and the process by which they will be able to do so, is still being determined. For now, everyone is asked to hold onto their documentation and keep it in a safe place.

Students who received their COVID-19 vaccinations from Student Health can access their information through the Patient Portal Gateway. Faculty and staff members who received vaccines anywhere in California, can find their records in the California Department of Public Health's California Immunization Registry (CAIR2). Information can be accessed by completing an online form and uploading a government-issued picture ID (e.g. a current driver’s license).

General COVID-19 questions should be directed to ucsb-covid19@ucsb.edu or (805) 893-3113 (weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Questions related to COVID-19 vaccines should be directed to covid19-vaccine@ucsb.edu.

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Related Resources

Information about the COVID-19 vaccines and about the guidelines and policies directing their administration is available from numerous sources.