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Sonoma County announced that 54% of our eligible adults in the County are now fully vaccinated! This week the County has now administered over 490,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Sonoma County residents. As of Wednesday, about 70 percent of Sonoma County’s adult (16+) population have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Just a few weeks ago, vaccine appointments were hard to come by. Now, they are plentiful, and anyone 12 years or older who wants one can get an appointment at one of the many clinics, pharmacies or health centers in the County — often the same day. Many are also accepting walk-in patients. Just go to MyTurn.ca.gov to find an appointment that works for you.
Local Vaccine Clinics on the Sonoma Valley Health Partner Website
Find future clinics on the Sonoma Valley Health Partners are maintaining a comprehensive list of community vaccine clinics in Sonoma Valley. Many do not require an appointment. See website in English and Spanish.
Vaccine for Children ages 12 to 15 Authorized
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday recommended use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday, May 10, approved Pfizer’s request to amend its emergency use authorization to include children ages 12 to 15. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) earlier Wednesday voted to recommend the vaccine for use in that age group.
Sonoma County started vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds Thursday morning with the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are now available on Myturn.ca.gov.
County Health staff also has been collaborating with the Sonoma County Office of Education and Safeway for clinics at schools including a clinic at Sonoma Valley High School on Wednesday, May 26 from 3 to 7 p.m, which now will be administering vaccines to ages 12-15. Pharmacies have also started vaccinating age 12 and up.
Reopening Metrics & Case Rate
Sonoma County remains in the “orange” tier in the state’s framework. California and Sonoma County are on track to fully reopen by June 15, if hospitalizations stay low and Californians continue to get vaccinated. When California fully reopens the economy, the state will move “Beyond the Blueprint” for a Safer Economy. Common-sense health measures such as masking will remain across the state.
This week, the County’s adjusted case rate was up slightly to 2.4 new daily cases per 100,000 (up from 1.9 last week), a test positivity rate of .9 percent, and an equity metric positivity rate of 1.2. If Sonoma County’s metrics hold or improve, the County could move to the less restrictive “yellow” tier in the coming weeks. Keep up the good work Sonoma!
Want to help Sonoma County get into an even less restrictive tier and fully reopen by June 15th? Keep up the good work by continuing to follow the mitigation measures we are all now so familiar with – wear your mask in indoor public spaces and when in crowds, keep your distance, practice good hand hygiene, limit gatherings and consider getting tested for COVID-19.
This Week’s Testing Opportunities in Sonoma Valley
County health officials recommend that everyone who goes into public – even if they don’t have any symptoms and/or have been vaccinated for COVID-19 – get tested at least once per month and those who regularly interact with the public get tested twice each month. The County of Sonoma continues to increase access to free COVID-19 testing, find options in Sonoma Valley below or visit socoemergency.org/test for a complete list.
- WEDNESDAYS, 2 PM – 4 PM at St. Leo’s | Weekly testing at St. Leo’s Catholic Church. Appointments can be made online at https://sonomacounty.fullslate.com/locations/12058 or by calling (707) 565-4667. Click here to watch a Spanish language tutorial on how to make an appointment online.
- WEDNESDAYS, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM at Boyes Hot Springs Park and Ride | Weekly testing at the Park and Ride on Hwy 12 and Thompson Ave. Appointments can be made online at https://sonomacounty.fullslate.com/locations/15996 or by calling (707) 565-4667. Click here to watch a Spanish language tutorial on how to make an appointment online.
- 2/3 Days a Week, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, LHI Mobile Unit at Vintage House | The LHI bus will be at Vintage House today Friday (5/14) and returns Friday (5/21) through Sunday (5/23) next week. Registration for the self-administered nasal swap test is required. Make an appointment online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling (888) 634-1123.
Current CDPH Facial Coverings Guidance Remain in Effect
While new CDC guidance has been issued for fully vaccinated people, as of 3:00 PM on Friday, May 17th, current State of California Department of Public Health guidance concerning facial coverings remain in effect. For the official CDPH guidance visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/…/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx