Twenty-five percent of children aged 5 to 11 vaccinated | Press releases | County Administrator’s Office


Holy Rose, CaliforniaDecember 3, 2021 One in four children in Sonoma County aged 5 to 11 is now fully or partially immunized against COVID-19, a milestone that means the county has met the first goal set by the County of Education office. Sonoma and county health officials for pediatric vaccinations.

More than 9,000 county children aged 5 to 11 have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine since it became available a month ago.

In addition to this achievement, the county announced today that 75% of eligible county residents aged 5 and over are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while a further 38,428 residents – or 8% of the population eligible county of 470,488 residents – were partially vaccinated. About 350,000 people in the county have now been fully immunized.

By announcing the start of pediatric vaccinations in Sonoma County on October 20, the Sonoma County Office of Education, with support from the County Health Services Department, set a goal of vaccinating a quarter of 37,000 children in Sonoma County aged 5 to 11. by early December. The campaign, which includes running clinics at key school sites in the county, also set a goal of immunizing half of those children by Jan.31 and 70% by Feb.28.

Dr Sundari Mase, Sonoma County health official, praised parents and children for accepting the need for the pediatric vaccine. She also highlighted how important it is to get more eligible children immunized and protected as we move into the winter months and the holidays and spend more time indoors, including in the home. school.

“We are delighted that so many of our young children have received their first dose,” said Dr Mase. “We’re off to a good start, but we have to keep up the momentum. Everyone who has waited to get the vaccine should get their first dose as soon as possible. It is a winter virus, and it is still circulating in the community. Getting the vaccine will help contain the virus and save lives. ”

County public health officials are working with the Sonoma County office of education, community groups and health professionals to answer parents’ questions about the pediatric vaccine and to let them know the vaccine is safe , efficient, free and widely available.

The county’s pediatric vaccination campaign was planned with an emphasis on equity, including the operation of 40 vaccination clinics at school sites. Target sites for school-based clinics are in areas with high recent case rates, high numbers of English learners, and lower vaccination rates. These doses are intended for these school populations, but no one will be refused if they are eligible for a vaccine. Vaccines for ages 12 and over are also available at clinics. A list of school clinics and other information about the pediatric vaccine is available on the Sonoma County of Office website.

Upcoming clinics in schools:

  • Cali Calmecac Language Academy, 9491 Starr Road, Windsor, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (707) 837-7747
  • Monroe School (James), 2567 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (707) 890-3910
  • Sassarini School, 652 Fifth St. West, Sonoma, Monday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (707) 935-6040
  • Kawana Springs Elementary School, 2121 Moraga Dr., Santa Rosa, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (707) 545-4283
  • Altimira Middle School, 17805 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (707) 935-6020

Dr Mase also urged parents who have children between the ages of 12 and 15 to get them vaccinated if they haven’t. Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 became eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine in May. In Sonoma County, with about 70 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 15 now fully or partially immunized, the immunization rate for this age group has slowed over the past month. The state has already made it clear that schoolchildren will need to be vaccinated to be able to go to school by fall 2022.

Although serious illnesses from COVID-19 are rare in children, they can get very sick. Nearly 7 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Residents are also encouraged to receive a booster shot now that all adults 18 and over are eligible. Anyone 18 years of age or older can choose a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after their last dose. For anyone who has received the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, the wait is only two months. And people can mix and match any company’s boosters.

To date, more than 84,000 people in the county have received a booster shot, including 46,000 who are 65 years of age or older. That’s 60 percent of eligible residents who are 65 or older.

Dr Mase pointed out that unvaccinated people continue to contract COVID-19 at much higher rates and have poorer outcomes. Overall, the number of new cases per day in the county for unvaccinated people is 13.8 per 100,000 population compared to 5.1 for vaccinated residents. Almost all of the 412 COVID-related deaths in the county are unvaccinated residents.

Walk-in visits are accepted at most clinics and pharmacies. Residents can also book an appointment on the county immunization clinic page or on the myturn.ca.gov website. Residents who need help making an appointment are encouraged to call the county’s COVID-19 hotline at (707) 565-4667.

For more information, including the latest vaccine numbers, who is eligible for a vaccine, and how to receive a vaccine, community members are encouraged to visit SoCoEmergency.org/vaccine, or call 2-1-1 .

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