Printed: December 10, 2021
The excellent news this week is that COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations have been comparatively secure and we now have not seen a rise in deaths in Sonoma County. Nonetheless, since this can be a winter virus, a rise in circumstances may be anticipated whatever the variant,
in response to public well being officers. We’re spending extra time indoors the place the virus spreads particularly quick. Individuals shall be gathering with household and mates over the vacations, which generally means a bump in circumstances a couple of weeks after.
To this point, practically 27 p.c of newly eligible kids within the county have acquired their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics at faculties are reporting robust demand, which has contributed to a really encouraging begin to the county’s pediatric vaccine marketing campaign. The
county’s high precedence is to construct on this momentum and get extra of our newly eligible kids vaccinated and guarded.
Practically 83 p.c of our eligible 5 and older inhabitants is now totally or partially vaccinated and well being officers stay centered on getting first and second doses administered – and inspiring everybody who’s eligible to get a booster shot – with a purpose to get extra folks
This stays a pandemic of the unvaccinated, with the unvaccinated accounting for many hospitalizations and practically all deaths. In Sonoma County, people who find themselves unvaccinated are 9 occasions extra more likely to be contaminated, 40 occasions extra more likely to be hospitalized and 16
occasions extra more likely to die.
It’s critical that we use our acquainted preventive measures to keep away from a surge in circumstances and hospitalizations. We all know what works. Get vaccinated and boosted. Put on a masks. Enhance air flow. Get examined. Keep residence in the event you’re sick.
At present’s digest supplies useful and necessary updates on the next:
- Replace on vaccine distribution for youngsters ages 5-11
- Replace on the Omicron variant
- Testing & vaccine clinic schedule replace
- Useful steerage for vacation gatherings, journey
- COVID-19 group sources & assist
- Different information gadgets from County of Sonoma
Replace on Youth Vaccine Distribution in Sonoma County
Sonoma County public well being leaders, docs, well being care clinics, faculties, pharmacies and group teams proceed to work collectively to teach households concerning the vaccine’s security and advantages and to make sure vaccines are distributed as rapidly, safely and equitably as potential.
The county’s pediatric vaccine marketing campaign is off to an encouraging begin as practically 27 p.c of the eligible kids ages 5 to 11 have acquired not less than one dose. Mother and father are inspired to achieve out to their pediatrician or a neighborhood pharmacy to discover a vaccine for
their kids. Pharmacy appointments may be made by way of
Greater than 40 vaccination clinics are being held at designated faculties all through the county to serve individuals who should not have handy or inexpensive entry to healthcare suppliers.
An inventory of upcoming faculty clinics is out there on the Sonoma County Workplace of Schooling web site:
Replace on the Omicron Variant
Though we’re nonetheless coping with the extremely contagious Delta variant, no circumstances of Omicron have been reported so far in Sonoma County. Nonetheless, it is very important be aware that little or no continues to be recognized about transmissibility, medical presentation and illness severity,
danger of an infection and vaccine effectiveness concerning the brand new variant.
This week’s COVID-19 group briefing included updates on each pediatric vaccines and the Omicron variant. The briefing is out there for viewing in English on the county’s Fb web page, and in Spanish on the county’s YouTube channel.
Dec. eight Group Briefing (English):
Dec. 9 Group Briefing (Spanish):
Upcoming Alternatives for Testing, Vaccination & Boosters
The County’s vaccine clinics webpage is frequently up to date to make it simpler to see what clinics are working every day, the place they’re situated and methods to make an appointment.
View the vaccine clinics and appointment web page right here:
When you have signs or have had a recognized publicity to somebody with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you have to be examined no matter your vaccination standing. Appointments are strongly really helpful as walk-ins are restricted.
Quarantine when you have been in shut contact (inside 6 toes of somebody for a complete of 15 minutes over a 24-hour interval) with somebody who has COVID-19, until totally vaccinated.
For particulars or appointments at COVID-19 testing clinics, together with a pop-up testing calendar, please go to:
Useful Steering for Vacation Gatherings & Journey
Individuals planning to journey and attend gatherings over the vacations ought to be certain they’ve correct paperwork required by some locations, airways and occasions to show their vaccination or testing standing. In response to steerage
from the CDC, people who find themselves not vaccinated ought to keep away from journey and vacation gatherings.
Getting vaccinated now could be the easiest way to guard you, your loved ones and your mates from changing into contaminated with COVID-19 and keep away from one other surge in circumstances like we witnessed final yr over the vacations.
Receive a digital copy of your California vaccine document right here:
When you have misplaced your vaccine card and your digital document provides you an error, ask your main care supplier to offer you a duplicate of your immunization document.
Extra suggestions for shielding your self and others this vacation season:
COVID-19 Group Sources and Help
Different County of Sonoma Information