Next week, Sonoma County is suspending all first dose vaccine appointments due to supply shortage. But the county will keep second dose appointments for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Sonoma County has been allocated 7,680 doses for next week, five percent fewer than this week.
This will affect the dozens of County-supported clinics administering shots, including Sonoma County Office of Education which is responsible for getting school staff vaccinated in an effort to reopen. County officials don't have clear answers for why the vaccine allocation is so low and are looking to the state to get a more abundant, consistent supply.
Vaccine Officer Dr. Urmila Shende said the county has the capacity to administer six times the doses they currently have.
"It's very frustrating,"Shende said. "If we had the capacity, we would be able to give upwards of 40,000 doses a week."
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