Santa Rosa, CA – April 20, 2021 – As of today, more than 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to eligible Sonoma County residents, a milestone that also means 60 percent of eligible residents have received at least one dose and two in five are now fully vaccinated.
At least one dose of vaccine has been administered to 246,681 Sonoma County residents -- roughly 60 percent of the population 16 years of age or older. Meanwhile, 165,460 residents are now fully vaccinated. In total, 400,104 vaccine doses have been administered to County residents (199,350 Pfizer, 188,717 Moderna, and 12,037 Johnson & Johnson).
This week the number of vaccine doses administered to Sonoma County residents will exceed the total number of eligible residents -- 411,096.
“This vaccination milestone is further evidence of how committed our entire community is to winning the battle against COVID-19,” said Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, chair of the Board of Supervisors. “In addition to being grateful for the truly remarkable partnerships with our local health care providers that are making this effort possible, we also want to applaud everyone who has been vaccinated or who has scheduled an appointment. We all have to do this together -- and continue to stay safe.”
When compared with the nine California counties closest in population size (five with higher populations and four with smaller), Sonoma County has done more vaccinations on a per-capita basis than all but two, according to data now available from the state. (See table attached).
Vaccines are being provided locally through an extensive network of clinics managed by local providers including federally qualified health centers. Many of the clinics and providers are being supported logistically by the County in addition to receiving vaccines from the County’s allotment. In addition, more than 148,000 of the local vaccinations have been provided by the county’s hospital partners including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Providence - St. Joseph Health and Sonoma Valley Hospital.
All California residents 16 and older are now eligible for a vaccine.
The County began its vaccination rollout four months ago by focusing on those age 75 and above as this age group comprises just 10 percent of the population but has made up nearly two-thirds of the deaths that have occurred in Sonoma County since the pandemic began. The result is that 74 percent of residents age 75 and older are fully vaccinated and 87 percent have received at least one dose. In addition, 87 percent of County residents between the ages of 70 and 74 have received at least one dose and more than 72 percent are fully vaccinated.
As part of its health equity mission, the County continues to work with local groups and providers on getting doses to the members of the community who have been most disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
“All our hard work is paying off in the growing number of County residents who are now fully vaccinated. We are moving closer to achieving herd immunity, which is a direct result of vaccinations and our residents taking care of one another. Making an appointment will remain challenging for a while with the expanded vaccination eligibility and continued limited vaccine supply, so patience will be needed,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Health Officer for Sonoma County.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for California to move past the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and fully reopen by June 15, if hospitalizations stay low and Californians continue to get vaccinated.
Residents who need help making an appointment are encouraged to call the County COVID-19 hotline at (707) 565-4667. They also can make vaccine appointments through the Myturn.ca.gov web site. Residents may continue to use the County’s vaccination clinic list at socoemergency.org/vaccine 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.
The table below offers a county-by-county comparison of the
total vaccines administered and what the vaccine totals represent as a
percentage of the population as of April 20, 2021.
* Source: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/#California-vaccines-dashboard