The County of Sonoma received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this morning. Two boxes of the vaccine, containing a total of 1,950 doses, arrived at the County’s Public Health Lab on Chanate Road shortly before 9 a.m. today. Three other boxes were taken directly to local hospitals. In all, the County received 4,875 doses.
The delivery is the start of a historic campaign to eradicate the virus, reopen the economy and return to some level of normalcy. The County is taking the logistical lead in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, planning and preparing for the distribution of one or more vaccines.
“With this vaccine shipment, we begin a new phase in the effort to end the pandemic and return to normal life,” said Susan Gorin, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. “While it is a significant first step, the vaccination campaign will be lengthy, and we all must maintain public health measures including wearing masks, practicing social distancing and following the latest stay-home order.”
Sonoma County’s vaccine shipment arrived in five boxes with 975 doses in each box. They will be disseminated to the six local hospitals on a proportional basis, giving each facility an equal share of doses relative to their size. The allocations is as follows:
- One box for St. Joseph Health for Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa and Petaluma Valley Hospital
- One box for Kaiser Permanente
- One box for Sutter Health, Healdsburg Hospital and Sonoma Valley Hospital
- Two boxes for Sonoma County Health for Crisis Stabilization Unit, First Responders and others in Behavioral Health that qualify under Level 1A, Tier 1 prioritization.