Calif. Says It’s Safe to Use Scrutinized Lot of Moderna Coronavirus Vaccines

Santa Clara County public health officials have allowed administrations of certain Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doses to resume following the state's investigation of potential allergic reactions to the vaccine.

The California Department of Public Health ordered a temporary pause Sunday on administrations of Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna lot 41L20A after several recipients in San Diego County experienced an allergic reaction possibly connected to the vaccine.

California’s top epidemiologist, Dr. Erica Pan, issued new guidance Wednesday allowing health care providers to resume administering doses from the 41L20A lot after the state consulted with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and San Diego County’s Department of Public Health.

Santa Clara County’s Public health Department had received 21,800 doses of vaccine from the 41L20A lot as of Monday to distribute to health care providers. However, the vaccine doses had not been administered at the time of the freeze.

“These findings confirm that the systems put in place to ensure vaccine safety are working just as they should,” Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said.

According to the county, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, El Camino Health and Stanford Health Care will now be able to administer the vaccine doses to health care workers, nursing home residents and staff and people age 75 or older.

“People in Santa Clara County can feel confident that vaccinating our community against Covid-19 will save lives and serve as our path out of the pandemic,” Cody said.

County residents can visit sccfreevax.org to find updated information on who is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine and where it is available.

5 Comments

  1. Biden now says there’s nothing further we can do about COVID?
    Was he lying about having a plan all this time? Is he now responsible for Killing people too?

  2. I find it curious that the WHO changed the testing parameters for detection of Covid-19 the day Trump was out of office.

    Expect positive tests to drop by over 75% in the next month.

    It will be attributed to our brave new president.

  3. William,

    Given the last 4+ weeks of Code BLUE, I would EXPECT the rates would go down in CA!

    The WHO “standards” are nothing to do with that.

    SCC reports still only having only 10 ICU beds available.

    We had 100 deaths in the last reported death count week preliminary record.

    We may get out of code BLUE, but we are far from safe.

  4. Who is kidding whom? Santa Clara County has stayed at a total death rate at 1.01% even before this latest shutdown.

  5. Mr. Goldstein,

    How many ICU beds did we have available in a usual Pre-Covid January ?
    I am told that ICU’s are usually maxed out this time of year, so 10 sounds like we are doing better than usual to me, if true.

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