NORTH HILLS (CBSLA) — A new campaign to get more people in Los Angeles County vaccinated against COVID-19 kicked off Thursday in North Hills.

City Council President Nury Martinez, Los Angeles Fire Department personnel and other volunteers went door-to-door to educate people about the vaccine and distribute doses to those who wanted them.

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Officials said the Vax Up L.A. program was meant to ensure equitable distribution of available vaccines as the state prepares to reopen in less than two weeks.

“It’s a good thing, honestly, because a lot of people, they don’t have a ride or they can’t afford a ride,” Felix Lopez, a North Hills resident, said. “Along with that, it’s an easy thing and very helpful for the community as well.”

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Officials said the program will expand in the coming weeks to other neighborhoods with low vaccination rates in hopes of increasing the county’s number of vaccinated residents.