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Online Town Hall Tries To Address Major Vaccination Questions In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

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A 75+ senior getting a COVID-19 vaccination in Thousand Oaks.

It’s the biggest question among seniors on the Central and South Coasts these days.  Have you been vaccinated against COVID-19 yet?

Unless you live in a senior care facility, or are over 75, the odds are good the answer is no.  Some people are frustrated about the situation.  Two legislators on the Central and South Coasts tried to get people some answers through an online town hall event.

Democratic Assemblyman Steve Bennett of Santa Barbara co-sponsored the Thursday night forum with Democratic State Senator Monique Limon of Santa Barbara.

The biggest issue is the availability of vaccine.  People over 65 are asking why they can get vaccinated now, and the answer is simple.  Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties currently can’t get enough vaccine to expand who gets shots, even though those 65 and older are on the state's priority list.

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are currently handling vaccinations, in cooperation with some providers like drug stores which are doing care facilities.  In a few weeks, there will be a statewide provider.There will also be a state website for registration.

But, for now the counties are handling registration, and vaccinations.