As part of a county objective to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable and underserved communities, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa Community Health are partnering to open a new vaccination clinic in Roseland.
A clinic in Roseland will serve the community’s large Latinx population, a group that has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Santa Rosa Community Health, which provides health care to low-income residents, has been a key partner in Sonoma County’s vaccination effort, administering more than 8,000 doses to date, more than half of which have been to people who identify as Hispanic/Latinx.
“Santa Rosa Community Health has been a trusted health care provider in Roseland for 25 years, and we’ve witnessed in our own patients the devastating disparities of COVID,” said Naomi Fuchs, CEO of Santa Rosa Community Health. “We are very excited to be offering this service in Roseland and will be reaching out to patients and community members who are eligible to invite them to get their vaccine.”
The Roseland clinic will serve a key demographic in Sonoma County’s equity strategy. Latinos make up 27 percent of the County’s population but have experienced two-thirds of all of COVID cases the County has recorded during the pandemic. So far, just 16 percent of residents who have received the vaccine have identified themselves as Latino.
“Sonoma County has always prioritized equity as we work toward ending the pandemic,” said Lynda Hopkins, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. “We know that the Latinx community has suffered disproportionately. With a targeted Roseland clinic, our trusted partners at Santa Rosa Community Health will bring the vaccine directly to this community and give them much needed protection against the virus.”
The clinic is expected to open at Santa Rosa Community Health Center’s Lombardi Campus in Santa Rosa in the coming days and will focus on Santa Rosa Community Health patients who live in the 95407 zip code. It will move to a permanent location soon after and be open to other eligible individuals. Vaccinations will be by appointment only for residents of the Roseland 95407 zip code and members of the Hispanic/Latinx community. For information, call (707) 347-0553 for English and (707) 336-8491 for Spanish.
For a complete list of vaccination sites in Sonoma County as well as the latest vaccine numbers, who is eligible for a vaccine and how to receive a vaccine, community members are encouraged to visit SoCoEmergency.org/vaccine, or call 2-1-1.
Santa Rosa Community Health provides outstanding, culturally responsive medical, dental and mental health care to more than 40,000 low-income people in Santa Rosa every year. That is close to one in four Santa Rosans. SRCH has eight health center locations – each serving different communities and special populations including families, children, teens, people who are LGBTQI, people experiencing homelessness, people with intellectual and physical disabilities, and people living with substance use disorders. SRCH exists so that all people have the opportunity for a full and healthy life—no matter what.