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Local organizations team up with Santa Barbara County Public Health on initiative to get people vaccinated

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Public Health launched its new “mobile team" in an effort to get as many people as possible vaccinated for COVID-19.

It's been three days since it launched and over 1,000 people have benefited from this initiative.

Three mobile teams are based in Santa Maria, one is in Lompoc, and the last one is in Santa Barbara.

The groups are going into communities with limited tech access and providing vaccines.

With the help of community organizations like MICOP, CAUSE and The NAACP, the percentage gap between North and South County residents getting fully vaccinated is slowly but surely closing.

“What I've learned is that the vaccine needs to be – the clinics need to be held in those communities where you have trusted leaders and trusted people,” said NAACP Santa Maria & Lompoc President Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt. 

“Since the 15th, we served 1,021 community members who otherwise would have not had the opportunity to come into our big super vaccination clinics,” said Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso. 

The NAACP will be holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Lompoc.

For more information on where to sign up for NAACP’s COVID vaccine clinic, click here

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Karen Cruz-Orduña

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