Since April 5, all Santa Barbara County residents aged 16 and over have been eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine through myturn.ca.gov. The website shows the nearest available appointments and takes qualified residents to a separate web page to secure one. 

For UC Santa Barbara students, Santa Barbara City College students and community members residing in Isla Vista, the nearest vaccination sites are currently in Goleta. The locations are as follows: 

The My Turn website can be used to make appointments at any of the above locations. Interested parties can also click on the links above to make an appointment instead. Anyone requiring help in scheduling an appointment can call 211.

However, it is important to bring documents that can provide a full name and proof of county residency. The document does not need to be government issued, and UCSB students can use their access card as proof for county residency. 

Vaccine recipients will be monitored for 15 minutes after being inoculated so that medical professionals can provide aid in the event that an allergic reaction, though rare, occurs.  

Once vaccinated, all recipients will receive a vaccination card detailing their vaccine type and lot number. Students must keep their card safe because proof of the second vaccine will be added to the original card. In addition, Van Do-Reynoso, director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, said that vaccine cards may be required at future events to prove full vaccination. 

“Nationally, and statewide, we are considering activities that vaccinated people can participate in. It’s critical that you hang on to that vaccination card,” Do-Reynoso said. “Keep it in a safe place and take a photo of it and keep it on your phone.” 

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