Sonoma County has reached a new milestone in the fight against COVID-19, now having administered one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine as the campaign to strengthen county residents’ immune systems against the daily virus continues into its 15th month.
The county’s Department of Health Services announced Saturday that 1,000,594 does of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered in Sonoma County since the vaccination campaign began in December 2020.
The current total of vaccines includes first, second and booster doses.
A total of 376,946 residents, or 80 percent of the ages 5 and older population who are eligible for the shot, are now fully vaccinated. Another 34,900 residents are partially vaccinated, equivalent to 8 percent of the eligible population in Sonoma County. The county has distributed booster doses to 215,806 residents so far, or 63 percent of the 12 and older population eligible for a booster shot.
“One million doses is an amazing accomplishment for a county of our size,” said Dr. Urmila Shende, Sonoma County’s vaccine chief. “But more importantly, today we celebrate the impact of each individual dose of vaccine. Every time someone receives a vaccination, they dramatically reduce their chances of getting COVID-19, of transmitting it to someone else and of becoming severely ill or dying. Countless people are alive today because they got vaccinated.”
Because of this high level of protection, Sonoma County has 58 percent fewer deaths per 100,000 residents than the state average and 25 percent fewer COVID-19 cases than the state average.
“This achievement is the result of a lot of hard work over the last 14 months, and shows what we can do as a community when we come together to face our greatest challenges,” said Tina Rivera, director of the county Department of Health Services. “I’m grateful to all of our health care partners who helped make this happen.”
Walk-ups for first and second doses are accepted at most clinics and pharmacies. The public also is invited to come to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa to receive a free vaccination or booster. The Fairgrounds clinic will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.