UPDATE: Kern County received 6,350 doses of COVID-19 vaccine batch linked to severe allergic reactions


UPDATE (1/20): Kern County Public Health said today that a total of 6,350 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine batch was received in Kern County.

The facilities that received the doses are: 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 and Kern County Public Health itself.

The department said that as of now, none of the facilities have reported cases of adverse reactions to the vaccine.

“Kern County Public Health awaits guidance from the state as they conduct an investigation on future use of Moderna vaccine lot 041L20A and will keep our community informed of any updates we receive from the state,” the department said. “The health and safety of our community remains our top priority as we all work together to end this pandemic.”

UPDATE (3:20 p.m.): Clinica Sierra Vista said it received 1,100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine batch and is pausing all vaccinations until further notice.

Effective Tuesday, CSV will be postponing vaccinations in both Kern and Fresno counties until further supplies are obtained. The provider said patients who received doses of the vaccine today did not receive a vaccine from the lot under investigation. 

All patients who have set up an appointment will be rescheduled and individuals will be prioritized when the vaccine is made available, Clinica Sierra Vista said. 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County Public Health has confirmed it 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.

The department said 300 doses of lot 041L20A were shipped to the Brimhall Primary Care Clinic at 8326 Brimhall Rd. and 200 doses were shipped to the Express Pharmacy at 3800 Calloway Dr. The rest of the doses have not been distributed yet to local providers.

“Public Health is not aware of any local adverse reactions,” the department said.

The state has urged healthcare providers to stop using the batch of the Moderna vaccine for the time being. More than 330,000 doses from the Moderna lot were distributed to 287 providers across California.

Dr. Hitesh Shah with Southwest Pediatrics said the provider received 100 doses of the vaccine. As a precaution, Dr. Shah said a vaccination clinic that was planned this weekend for patients 65 years old and older has been canceled.

Shah said Southwest Pediatrics is not disposing of the vaccines, as the provider has been told to hold onto them until an investigation can be completed into whether the allergic reactions were caused by the vaccine itself or some issue with the distribution site.

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