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Sonoma County, the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma Valley Hospital and La Luz Center recently opened a COVID-19 vaccination center to serve Latino residents in the Sonoma Valley.

The vaccine clinic at the La Luz Center will target Latino residents, who make up 27 percent of the county’s population, but two-thirds of the county’s coronavirus cases. Approximately 18 percent of county residents who have received at least one vaccine dose have identified themselves as Latino or Latina, according to the county.

“The Latinx community has suffered disproportionately during the past year,” said county Supervisor Susan Gorin, who represents the Sonoma Valley. “A targeted clinic at La Luz in the Springs area with our trusted partners will allow them to deliver much needed vaccines directly to this community.”

The clinic will administer up to 200 doses per day from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, according to the county. Local health workers will also conduct outreach to the surrounding community to encourage them to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so.

“This is an exciting project to see if we can get more people vaccinated if we come to them – to where they live,” Sonoma Valley Community Health Center CEO Cheryl Johnson said.

Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses will be available at the clinic, according to the county. Residents interested in getting a vaccine can contact La Luz at (707) 938-5131.

Residents can also view a list of vaccination sites across the county at