Source: Steve Watson
The California Department of Public Health has issued an order to pause vaccinations using a batch of Moderna COVID shots, citing and unusually high amount of adverse reactions in the state.
State epidemiologist Dr. Erica S. Pan sounded the alarm over Moderna Lot 041L20A, from which 330,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed to 287 providers state-wide:
The reactions were almost all witnessed at one clinic, according to reports.
Reports suggest that at least six health care workers experienced allergic reactions, including numbness in the tongue and throat, and neck pain.
Dr Pan noted that “less data exists on adverse reactions related to the Moderna vaccine,” but still claimed it is rare for allergic reactions to occur.
“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,” Pan wrote in a statement.
However, the pause is not mandatory, and has not been adopted by all clinics with the batch of vaccines.
The batch in question is now under review by Moderna, the CDC, and the FDA.
The development comes on the heels of several concerning reports of adverse reactions to the vaccines.