The big COVID-19 question many people have these days is “When can I get a shot?”  The answer on the Central and South Coasts isn’t a simple one. No one has the answer right now.

Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin says the issue isn’t organizing vaccination clinics.  He says they have a plan.  They just don't have enough vaccine. 

Santa Barbara County Public health officials say they are starting COVID-19 vaccinations for residents who are 75 years old, or older.  Officials say they are taking the step because the state directed counties to prioritize those 65 or older.

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The COVID-19 crisis continues to deepen on the Central and South Coasts.

Nearly 6,000 new cases were reported in the region for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, as we see the impacts of what public health officials say is a surge on top of a surge.

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The number of new coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to grow, and is expected to pass the 50,000 mark in the region Thursday.  But, there is some good news.  The first vaccine has arrived in the region, and the first shots were administered in Ventura County Wednesday.

Four health care workers got the very first shots in Oxnard.  

Flu season is in full swing on the Central and South Coasts, but we are seeing fewer fatalities than we did last year. Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin says the flu vaccine being used this season is a good match for the strain which actually developed around the world.

Thousands of Ventura County residents are getting letters this week telling them that some vaccinations and medications they received from county clinics may be ineffective.

The letters say as a precaution, those impacted need to get new vaccinations.

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say there’s been an alarming spike in flu cases in California during the last three weeks.

They say January and February are usually when the influenza season peaks, but that they’ve seen a flood of cases already, especially in places like nursing facilities. Officials say the severity of illness has increased, but that the good news is that the vaccine being used this season is a good match.

They are urging people who haven’t been vaccinated yet to do it as soon as possible.