In accordance with guidelines from the California Department of Public Health, Santa Barbara County is taking a phased approach to vaccinating individuals for COVID-19. The strategy is designed to ensure high-risk community members are prioritized as vaccine distribution continues. Currently, vaccines are being provided for people in Phase 1 Tier 1. The tier includes staff of acute care hospitals, psych, correctional facility hospitals; staff/residents in long term care setting serving older and high risk; EMS personnel providing EMS services; and dialysis center staff. Details on the anticipated timeline and prioritization plans are available at For further questions about COVID-19 vaccination, email or call 2-1-1.