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Clinica Sierra Vista pausing Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 18:50:31-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Clinica Sierra Vista announced it was stopping all public vaccinations using Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine until further notice.

On Monday, California health officials putting a pause on administering a specific lot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine after reports of possible allergic reactions around the state, including six in San Diego. In a statement, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan recommended pausing lot 41L20A of the vaccine as officials investigate the reported reactions.

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"Our goal is to provide the COVID vaccine safely, swiftly, and equitably. A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic. Fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours," Pan said.

Pan added that the state was pausing the vaccines in the lot "out of an extreme abundance of caution" until an investigation by the CDC, FDA, Moderna and the state is complete.

In a statement, Clinica Sierra Vista said that "Kern County Public Health Department received 3,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from a batch that may have caused severe allergic reactions in a handful of people at a San Diego vaccination site."

While the state did not reveal the location where the reactions were reported, six people reported allergic reactions after receiving the vaccine at the vaccine superstation at Petco Park on Jan. 14. The site was briefly closed following the reports but has since reopened, as other vaccine bathes were available to be administered.

Clinica Sierra Vista said patients who had scheduled an appointment will be rescheduled.