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Public health officials say getting vaccinated is the best way to keep cases of COVID-19 down.
Not everyone in the Malibu area buys it.
According to data provided by the California Health and Human Services Agency, of the nearly 20,000 residents in the 90263-90265 zip codes, 7,842 are fully vaccinated. The number partially vaccinated is 1,417.
Together that’s less than half the population.
Statewide, 53 percent of Californians are fully vaccinated; 12 percent are partially vaccinated.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a COVID-19 vaccine might:
Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying of COVID-19
Prevent you from spreading the COVID-19 virus to others
Add to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19
Prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading and replicating, which allows it to mutate and possibly become more resistant to vaccines
Adult COVID cases have dropped significantly, while hospitalizations increase among adolescents. As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges teens to get vaccinated against COVID.
Free vaccines are available for everyone 12 and older at hundreds of locations across Los Angeles County.
CVS Pharmacy, Dume Plaza Pharmacy and Super Care Drugs in Malibu and Rite Aid in Agoura Hills offer COVID-19 vaccines.
The city of Malibu and Kaiser Permanente will host a free walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 17 at Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.