Santa Rosa, CA – May 28, 2021 – Seven out of 10 Sonoma County residents age 12 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 300,000 residents have been at least partially vaccinated, county health officials announced today.
The total of 305,501 residents who have received at least one dose equals 70 percent of the county’s 434,000 residents age 12 and older. Sonoma County has administered 543,222 total doses, and continues to outpace the state and nation in the rate of vaccine doses administered.
As of Friday, a total of 252,478 County residents—or 58 percent of those 12 and older—have been fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Meanwhile, more than 30 percent of adolescents between 12 and 15 years old have been partially vaccinated less than three weeks after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer vaccine for that age group.
“We have made tremendous progress, but we still are not home free,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County’s Health Officer. “We are still seeing some virus spread among unvaccinated, young people, particularly those under the age of 30. With this being Memorial Day Weekend, we are really encouraging people to continue to avoid gatherings, particularly if they have not been vaccinated. Meanwhile, we encourage everyone to continue wearing their masks and err on the side of caution. We don’t want to see another surge.”
Since the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in mid-December, Sonoma County health officials, in partnership with hospitals, health centers and pharmacies, have operated or supported a network of vaccine clinics throughout the community. With a focus on equity, many of these clinics have targeted vulnerable and under-served communities.
With vaccine supplies now exceeding demand, those County outreach efforts have broadened to make it more convenient for people to get vaccinated, including through mobile clinics and events at schools.
Many clinics and pharmacies are accepting walk-in patients, and Uber and Lyft are now providing free rides to vaccine clinics. In addition, the governor announced on Thursday that Californians who are vaccinated will be eligible for $116.5 million in prize money including a single lottery prize of $1.5 million. He also announced that the next 2 million people who get vaccinated in our state will get $50 gift cards.
Residents can make vaccine appointments through the myturn.ca.gov web site. Residents who need help making an appointment are encouraged to call the County COVID-19 hotline at (707) 565-4667. Residents also may continue to use the County’s vaccination clinic list at SoCoEmergency.org to find an appointment.
Eligible individuals who are insured are encouraged to first seek a vaccination appointment through their primary health care provider.
For more information, including the latest vaccine numbers, who’s eligible for a vaccine and how to receive a vaccine, community members are encouraged to visit SoCoEmergency.org/vaccine, or call 2-1-1.