Sonoma County’s vaccination expansion collides with severe vaccine shortage

23 February 2021

The expanding promise of coronavirus vaccinations in Sonoma County collided Monday with the realities of vaccine scarcity and extreme weather elsewhere upending expected deliveries of doses.

The supply problems were so severe that one of county’s largest health care providers, Sutter Health, decided to pause scheduling all appointments for first doses, and planned to reschedule second-dose appointments for some patients.

Friday’s announcement that the county would immediately open immunizations to residents age 65 and older, as well as food production, restaurant and grocery store employees — the largest single expansion of vaccine eligibility here, with an estimated 63,000 more people eligible — seemed like a watershed moment.
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