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AT A GLANCE: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY OCTOBER 1 - OCTOBER 7
FDA TO HOLD MEETINGS TO DISCUSS EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION FOR BOOSTERS (MODERNA AND J&J) AND VACCINES FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announced two upcoming meetings of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to discuss newly available data for the currently available COVID-19 vaccines.
CALIFORNIA BECOMES FIRST STATE IN NATION TO ANNOUNCE COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOLS
California becomes the first state to announce plans to require student vaccinations – adding the COVID-19 vaccine to list of vaccinations required for school, such as the vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella. Students will be required to be vaccinated for in person learning starting the term following FDA full approval of the vaccine for their grade span (7-12 and K-6).
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CONTINUES TO URGE RESIDENTS TO GET FLU SHOTS
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reminds the community that Flu season has arrived. Flu vaccination will be very important to reduce flu and reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the community, like COVID-19. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health. Flu vaccines are not designed to protect against COVID-19. Flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death in addition to other important benefits.
VIDEO:OCTOBER 7 KEYT LIVE INTERVIEW WITH PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR, DR. VAN DO-REYNOSO, PHD, MPH
Tune in to KEYT Newschannel 3 generally each Thursday at 11 a.m. for a live one-on-one interview with Santa Barbara County public health experts for the latest news about COVID-19 and pandemic recovery.
Click below for a map and listing of County Public Health PCR test sites, and our FAQ. Otherwise, please contact your primary care provider or preferred Urgent Care Center to inquire about available testing options.