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Santa Barbara County Public Health make headway in getting north county’s ‘hard to reach’ area COVID vaccinated

SANTA MARIA Calif. – Santa Barbara County Public Health says it's making headway in getting ‘hard-to-reach’ communities vaccinated against COVID-19.

The department says there are five zip codes they're trying to reach, most are in the northern part of the county.

As of Tuesday, over 70% of eligible Guadalupe residents are fully vaccinated. It's over 60-percent in the other four zip codes.

Public health says those numbers will continue to increase too. 

The department credits countless local organizations like the NAACP for stepping up.

“Through all of those methods, I believe the best method is one on one contact for the community,” said Santa Maria-Lompoc NAACP President Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt.

“While we show up to do the vaccination, there are community partners who have been pounding the street,” said Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso. “Talking with various community members, doing door to door, doing canvassing, doing door to door.”

Public health said beyond its efforts in 'hard to reach' areas, It's also preparing for the green light to start vaccinating children ages five and up. 

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Karen Cruz-Orduña

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