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California Department of Public Health says Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that may have caused allergic reactions can be administered again

Moderna Vaccine
Posted at 8:37 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 23:37:47-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Department of Public Health issued new guidance Wednesday evening regarding the Modera COVID-19 vaccine that was temporarily paused due to allergic reactions on Sunday.

The CDPH said Wednesday providers can immediately resume the administration of the specific Moderna lot that was paused.

On Sunday, the CDPH paused 41L20A of the vaccine after reports of possible allergic reactions around the state, including six in San Diego.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we recommended that providers pause the distribution of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine lot 41L20A on Sunday evening. Yesterday, we convened the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup and additional allergy and immunology specialists to examine the evidence collected. We had further discussions with the County of San Diego Department of Public Health, the FDA, CDC and manufacturer, and found no scientific basis to continue the pause. Providers that paused vaccine administration from Moderna Lot 41L20A can immediately resume."

In Kern County, 6,350 doses of the Moderna vaccine from this lot number were received. Facilities who received the affected lot number included:

  • Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Brimhall Primary Care Center
  • Express Pharmacy
  • Adventist Health Bakersfield
  • Adventist Health Delano
  • Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
  • Brimhall Pediatrics
  • Clinica Sierra Vista
  • Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield
  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital
  • Westside Family Health Care
  • Kern County Public Health

According to Kern County Public Department, none of the facilities reported adverse events associated with the vaccine administration.

“These findings should continue to give Californians confidence that vaccines are safe and effective, and that the systems put in place to ensure vaccine safety are rigorous and science-based. Members of my family who have qualified to receive the vaccine as health care workers or because of their age have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, and I encourage every Californian to get the vaccine when it’s their turn.”