Instead of offering Spanish translations online during the meeting, like they’ve been doing for the past year, officials switched to Spanish as the primary language this week, with English translations available on Youtube.
The change is an effort to reach the county’s Latinx communities, who have been hit hardest by COVID-19, making up 64 percent of the positive cases and just 18 percent of vaccinations county-wide.
"I had the same worried as the whole world. First, because this is a new pandemic and a new virus. Second because the vaccine is also new," Remedos Gomez Anau, the head of San Francisco's Mexican Consul, said in Spanish.
She went on to dispel myths and urge residents to talk to doctors they trust about the shot.
"And everyone definitely has tje right to have these questions answered in full," Sonoma County’s health equity manager Denia Candela said.
In addition to access to information, Candela highlighted the importance of having vaccine clinics where Latinx residents live. Like one opening this weekend in La Luz Center serving Sonoma Valley.
There was also information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program where renters and landlords affected by the pandemic can apply for help covering rent and utilities. Supervisor James Gore says starting a Spanish meeting shouldn’t have taken a year and that he is pushing to have them weekly or bi-weekly.