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Even more SLO Co. health care workers to receive COVID-19 vaccine as supply triples

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 13:29:11-05

Even more San Luis Obispo County frontline health care workers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine during the last week of 2020.

According to county officials, the vaccine supply has nearly tripled resulting in more than 7,000 available doses.

This means that any SLO County health care worker directly serving a patient can sign up for an appointment to receive the vaccine from the County Health Department.

According to the county, the eligibility requirements have expanded to specialty care providers including medical specialties, optometry, chiropractic care, podiatry, and occupational and physical therapists. Additionally, those working in laboratories, dental practices, and pharmacies can also sign up.

So far, the county has vaccinated more than 1,300 frontline health care workers, which includes first responders, dialysis staff, primary and urgent care clinicians, and home health care workers. Additionally, area hospitals are vaccinating their own staff and local Walgreens and CVS stores are beginning to vaccinate long-term care facility staff and residents.

“This vaccine is critical to protecting our health care workers as COVID-19 surges in our community,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, county health officer in a press release. “This protects them and the people in their care.”

As for Santa Barbara County, so far a total of 17,575 vaccines have arrived in the county. 8,875 of those vaccinations are Pfizer-BioNTech and 8,800 are Moderna vaccines. These vaccines have been administered at local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and health care centers to persons in Phase 1A, Tier 1. The county is providing information on vaccine allocations on its website. Click here for more information.

For more information on the vaccine in San Luis Obispo County, click here.