Rohnert Park Health Center physicians who deliver babies and care for patients at local hospitals began getting vaccinated this past weekend. The rest of our clinical staff who care for patients in our medical and dental offices will likely received COVID-19 vaccines in mid to late January 2021. We will be ready to deploy vaccines to our patients as soon as we receive them. As vaccines become available, we will immunize our community per federal and state prioritization guidelines. We anticipate that we will begin to vaccinate our most at-risk patients – older adults, people with chronic diseases, and essential workers – no later than April. The vaccination timeframe for the general population may be spring or later.
Sonoma County is averaging 300 new COVID-19 cases a day. Twenty-five percent of the patients we test for COVID-19 at our Rohnert Park and Petaluma medical clinics are positive for COVID-19, which is the highest rate we have seen during the pandemic.
As such, we ask that residents do their part during the holidays (and beyond) to slow new COVID-19 infections and, together, regain some of our normalcy sooner rather than later. The more we prevent the spread of infection and the overburdening of our health care delivery system, the more we will save lives and the faster we will be able to resume activities that protect our community’s livelihood, revitalize our businesses, and bolster our economy.
We strongly encourage everybody to limit holiday celebrations to members of their current household or pod – multifamily indoor gatherings are where many of our new infections are occurring. Please adjust your celebrations this year to include Zoom, FaceTime, phone calls, video chats, or anything else that allows you to feel connected and loved while remaining safely apart. Please avoid unnecessary travel or outings, other than for your essential needs, and continue to wear a mask and wash or disinfect your hands frequently when out and about. If we work together – but masked and 6 feet apart – today, we’ll be able to work and celebrate together next year, hand-in-hand.
Demand for testing has significantly increased as the rates of infection continue to rise, so we are working with the County to offer additional pop-up testing at our Rohnert Park Health Center to create additional access for community members. The more access we create to COVID-19 testing, funding for proper isolation and quarantining for our low-income and vulnerable residents –the better we will all fare in Sonoma County. The better we do, the faster our community and economy will recover.
Chief Administrative Officer, Pedro Toledo, said “The Rohnert Park Health Center is committed to ensuring that all people in Rohnert Park, Cotati, and surrounding areas have access to the health care they need. We know that many of our neighbors are suddenly without a job, and as a result have lost their health insurance.” The Rohnert Park Health Center offers fee-waivers available to individuals experiencing hardships this holiday season to ensure all people have access to care. Please reach out to Rohnert Park Health Center and allow us to provide you with the medical care you and your family deserve, and help you enroll in available low-cost health insurance programs. For more information, please visit us at: www.phealthcenter.org.