Sonoma County gets first doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine

25 December 2020

Sonoma County public health officials received 5,800 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, with 3,000 more expected next week, bolstering the growing local arsenal against a deadly virus that has claimed the lives of 180 county residents since March.

The county public health laboratory’s first doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived, after it already received at least 7,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and additional doses are on the way.

Separately, Wednesday county public health officials acknowledged Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park plans to host a private New Year’s Eve party indoors with 4,000 guests. Casino owner Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is a U.S. sovereign entity not subject to county or state public health orders, local public health officials said.

Therefore, county officials can’t do anything about the planned large gathering or force its cancellation. County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said the casino operator will take steps to reduce the risk of party attendees contracting the coronavirus.

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