COVID-19 vaccine clinics canceled in Stanislaus County amid Moderna batch investigation – KCRA Sacramento

Two COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been canceled in Stanislaus County amid concerns of vaccine availability as health officials examine a batch of Moderna vaccines linked to reports of allergic reactions. On Sunday, California’s top epidemiologist, Dr. Erica Pan, recommended providers pause the administration of lot 041L20A of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine due to possible allergic reactions that are being investigated.“Our goal is to provide the COVID vaccine safely, swiftly and equitably,” Pan said in a statement. “A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic.”A spokesperson with the California Department of Public Health confirmed to KCRA 3 on Monday that the clinic is San Diego’s Petco Park, which was recently picked to be a mass vaccination site. Fewer than 10 people required medical attention. No other similar clusters were found.Stanislaus County says it received doses of the Moderna lot 041L20A that’s being examined and that administration is paused until the investigation is complete. It’s not clear how many doses the county received or administered. Planned clinics at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock and the Modesto Centre Plaza scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled.”At the recommendation of California Department of Public Health, administration of Moderna Lot 041L20A is paused until the investigation by the CDC, FDA, Moderna and CDPH is complete. We are unable to guarantee vaccine availability due to this change. We will provide updates as we hear more about the vaccine and our future allocations. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services said in a statement. More than 330,000 doses from this lot were provided to 287 providers across the state. The shipments arrived in California between Jan. 5 and 12, according to state health department.”Out of an extreme abundance of caution and also recognizing the extremely limited supply of vaccine, we are recommending that providers use other available vaccine inventory and pause the administration of vaccines from Moderna Lot 041L20A until the investigation by the CDC, FDA, Moderna and the state is complete. We will provide an update as we learn more,” Pan said in her Sunday statement.Moderna in a statement said the company “is unaware of comparable adverse events from other vaccination centers which may have administered vaccines from the same lot.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects for a few days that include fever, chills, headache, swelling or tiredness, “which are normal signs that your body is building protection.”However, severe reactions are extremely rare. Pan said in a vaccine similar to Moderna, the rate of anaphylaxis — in which an immune system reaction can block breathing and cause blood pressure to drop — was about 1 in 100,000.The announcement about the Moderna batch comes as California counties continue to plead for more COVID-19 vaccine as the state tries to reduce its rate of infection, which has led to record numbers of hospitalizations and deaths.More than 1.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in California, according to state data. More than 3.2 million doses have been shipped across the state. — The Associated Press contributed reporting. This is a developing story. Stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

Two COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been canceled in Stanislaus County amid concerns of vaccine availability as health officials examine a batch of Moderna vaccines linked to reports of allergic reactions.

On Sunday, California’s top epidemiologist, Dr. Erica Pan, recommended providers pause the administration of lot 041L20A of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine due to possible allergic reactions that are being investigated.

“Our goal is to provide the COVID vaccine safely, swiftly and equitably,” Pan said in a statement. “A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic.”

A spokesperson with the California Department of Public Health confirmed to KCRA 3 on Monday that the clinic is San Diego’s Petco Park, which was recently picked to be a mass vaccination site. Fewer than 10 people required medical attention. No other similar clusters were found.

Stanislaus County says it received doses of the Moderna lot 041L20A that’s being examined and that administration is paused until the investigation is complete. It’s not clear how many doses the county received or administered.

Planned clinics at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock and the Modesto Centre Plaza scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled.

“At the recommendation of California Department of Public Health, administration of Moderna Lot 041L20A is paused until the investigation by the CDC, FDA, Moderna and CDPH is complete. We are unable to guarantee vaccine availability due to this change. We will provide updates as we hear more about the vaccine and our future allocations. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services said in a statement.

More than 330,000 doses from this lot were provided to 287 providers across the state. The shipments arrived in California between Jan. 5 and 12, according to state health department.

“Out of an extreme abundance of caution and also recognizing the extremely limited supply of vaccine, we are recommending that providers use other available vaccine inventory and pause the administration of vaccines from Moderna Lot 041L20A until the investigation by the CDC, FDA, Moderna and the state is complete. We will provide an update as we learn more,” Pan said in her Sunday statement.

Moderna in a statement said the company “is unaware of comparable adverse events from other vaccination centers which may have administered vaccines from the same lot.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects for a few days that include fever, chills, headache, swelling or tiredness, “which are normal signs that your body is building protection.”

However, severe reactions are extremely rare. Pan said in a vaccine similar to Moderna, the rate of anaphylaxis — in which an immune system reaction can block breathing and cause blood pressure to drop — was about 1 in 100,000.

The announcement about the Moderna batch comes as California counties continue to plead for more COVID-19 vaccine as the state tries to reduce its rate of infection, which has led to record numbers of hospitalizations and deaths.

More than 1.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in California, according to state data. More than 3.2 million doses have been shipped across the state.

— The Associated Press contributed reporting.

This is a developing story. Stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.