Coronavirus - COVID-19

Cottage Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - Nurse receiving his vaccine and giving a thumbs up to the camera

Completing your vaccination – including your booster dose is the best protection against COVID-19.

COVID vaccine, including the second doses and booster dose, is available at vaccines.gov.

Cottage Health is not currently offering public vaccine clinics. Cottage has administered more than 114,000 doses of vaccine and continues ongoing vaccine outreach for hospitalized patients and through partner programs with the Cottage Center for Population Health.


Isolation and Quarantine

People who don’t have symptoms can spread COVID-19.

If you have a COVID exposure or diagnosis:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days AND
  • Test on Day 5 (or stay home a total of at least 10 days if not testing) AND
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after your positive test or your last day of contact with someone who has COVID.

Community Safety Guidance: What to Do After COVID Diagnosis or Exposure / Guías de Sanidad Comunitaria: Que hacer después de diagnosis o exposición al COVID

Read CDPH guidance

COVID Testing

When to Test:

  • If you have symptoms

  • If anyone in your household or someone you’ve been in contact with tests positive for COVID.

  • Whenever you or a member of your household feels sick, even with mild symptoms.

  • Before you visit someone who is immunocompromised.

  • Before and after gatherings and travel.

  • Any time you want peace of mind.

Testing Locations

Hours and availability are subject to change. Please confirm details with your preferred location. Most locations require an appointment for testing.

  • Santa Barbara Public Health Department
  • Cottage Urgent Care - Appointments are required for COVID testing. We are not able provide a COVID test to anyone who has already tested positive for COVID in the last 30 days.
  • Cottage Virtual Care - Online assessment available 24/7
  • Pharamacies and Other Healthcare Providers - Select pharmacies offer COVID vaccine and testing options onsite, and self-test kits may be available for purchase. Availability and price varies by location. Please check websites for details.

COVID Vaccine FAQ

GETTING A VACCINE

Visit vaccines.gov or My Turn to find COVID-19 vaccine providers near you. Or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489). Vaccine providers offer first, second and booster doses.

Everyone age 5 and over is eligible for Pfizer vaccine.

Everyone age 18 and over is eligible for any of the three vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson. Any of the vaccines can be used for a booster.

CDC recommends use of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

More details from CDC on vaccine.

Getting a booster dose of vaccine

A booster dose is recommended for everyone age 12 and over.

Those age 12-18 are eligible for Pfizer vaccine booster.

Age 18 and over are eligible for any of the three vaccines for a booster.

When should you get a booster?

If at least 5 months have passed since completing the primary COVID-19 vaccination with Pfizer or Moderna.

If at least 2 months have passed since the initial dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Get a booster as soon as possible when you are eligible, to help protect yourself and our community from the spread of variants.

How do I sign up if I don’t have a computer?

Call the National Vaccine Hotline: 1-800-232-0233 or the California COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (M-F 8am-8pm, Sa-Su 8am-5pm).

Do I need an appointment?

Please check with your provider or pharmacy.

VACCINE IS AVAILABLE AT NO COST TO YOU

There is no charge for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Insurance is not required to receive vaccine. If you do have insurance, your insurance company may be billed for vaccine administration, but there will be no cost to you.

If you receive the COVID-19 vaccine during a hospital stay or a clinical care visit for reasons other than the vaccination, you may be charged for the hospital or clinical care visit.

If you receive an EOB (explanation of benefits) summary from your insurer and have any questions, please call your insurer or vaccine provider.

HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF MY VACCINE RECORD?

How can I get a copy of my vaccine record?

You will receive a paper vaccine record card when you are vaccinated.

If you lose this card, you can get a digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record from the State of California.

If you received vaccine from Cottage, you can access your medical record through MyChart or by contacting the Health Information Management office.

MORE OPTIONS AND UPDATES

Are there other places to get vaccine?

For help finding a vaccine anywhere in the US, go to vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489)

My Turn is the hub for vaccine scheduling in California.

Pharmacies and healthcare providers may list additional details on their websites.

Visit the Santa Barbara County Public Health website for other updates: https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/

How many people are vaccinated in Santa Barbara County?

Find current vaccination numbers at Santa Barbara County Community Data Dashboard

Information & Education

A listing of information, education and resources from Cottage Health and community organizations.


COVID-19 Reports

Cottage Health is providing ongoing care for our community and has isolation precautions in place for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.


Screening and Safety Requirements

Requirements to visit include record of:

  • Up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination (including booster if eligible)

    Proof of vaccination may be your COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card (printed or digital), California-issued QR code, or printed immunization record from your healthcare provider.

  • OR
  • Negative COVID-19 test result

    Test must be resulted from PCR collected within 48 hours prior to first visit, or Antigen within 24 hours prior to first visit. Negative test result is required every 72 hours thereafter if visiting multiple consecutive days.

All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a medical-grade mask at all times within the facility.

Cottage Health continues ongoing care with a commitment to quality and safety for all patients, visitors and staff.


Information & Education

A listing of information, education and resources from Cottage Health and community organizations.

Visiting Cottage

Visitor Guidance During the Pandemic

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Hospital Visitor Policy Update

To maintain hospital safety for ongoing care, Cottage Health continues to use both Public Health Department recommendations and the current community transmission rate in making decisions on temporary visitor limitations. Please call ahead for specific guidance on visiting a patient.

Resources

Information and Updates

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A listing of information, education and resources from Cottage Health and community organizations.

How Do I Get a Copy of My COVID-19 Vaccine Record?

Masked and Mighty Coalition for COVID Prevention

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: 888-868-1649

211 or 800-400-1572

US Centers for Disease Control

FAQ About COVID-19 Vaccination

California Department of Public Health

Wellness

Wellness Resources

Masks

Mask Guides

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Masks are an important tool to prevent spread of COVID infection.

CDPH Guide

CDPH Crisis Care

CDPH Crisis Care Guidelines

Cottage Health is responding to the ongoing and surging COVID-19 pandemic. Our care continuum plan for surge operations and crisis care during public emergency is guided California Department of Public Health’s framework on best practices, ethical principles and commitment to equity in care.

Crisis Care Guidelines


Note on website images: Photographs in our hospitals showing groups without masks were taken prior to March 2020.

Need a Vaccine?

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Visit vaccines.gov or My Turn to find COVID-19 vaccine providers near you. Or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489). 

COVID-19 Community Update - December 14, 2021

COVID-19 - Video Update December 14, 2021

Dr. Lynn Fitzgibbons, Chair of Infectious Diseases at Cottage Health, shares the latest information and data on COVID-19 for Santa Barbara County.

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Mental Health Resources for Children and Families

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Application

The emotional impacts of COVID-19 are impacting many children, teens, and families. If you or someone you know needs help with depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns, Cottage Health offers help.

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Staff Thank You Cards

Cottage Health Staff Thank You Card

Please take a moment to send an electronic thank you card to a member of the Cottage Health team.

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