LOS ANGELES – California state epidemiologists are urging to stop more than 300,000 coronovirus vaccinations using a modern vaccine version because some received medical treatment for potentially severe allergic reactions.
Dr. Erica S. Pan recommended on Sunday that state authorities, providers using 41L20A of the Moderna vaccine be stopped pending an investigation by the Modern, US Center for Disease Control and the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
“Recognizing an excessive amount of caution and also a very limited supply of the vaccine, we are recommending that providers use other available vaccine lists,” Pan said in a statement.
He said that over 330,000 doses of the lot arrived in California between January 5 and January 12 and were distributed to 287 providers.
Pan said that fewer than 10 people, all of whom received the vaccine at the same community site, needed therapy within 24 hours. No other similar groups were found.
The number of cases included in the PAN was not specified or where they occurred.
KTGV-TV reported that six San Diego health care workers had an allergic reaction to the vaccine. He was placed in a temporary vaccination center on 14 January in a vaccination center.
A statement said the company is “unaware of comparable adverse events from other vaccination centers that can administer vaccines from the same lot.”
The CDC has stated that COVID-19 vaccines can cause side effects for a few days including fever, chills, headaches, swelling, or fatigue, “which are common signs that your body is building defenses.”
However, severe reactions are extremely rare. Pan said in a vaccine similar to Modern’s, the rate of anaphylaxis – in which an immune system’s response can block breathing and cause lowering of blood pressure – was about 1 in 100,000.
California counties continue to plead for more COVID-19 vaccines as the announcement tries to reduce their rate of infection, which has led to higher hospitalizations and deaths.
California, with a population of 40 million, has shipped nearly 3.2 million doses of the vaccine – which requires two doses for complete immunization – to local health departments and health care systems, the state’s Public Health Department reported on Monday .
Only about 1.4 million of those doses, or about 40%, have been administered.
till now. According to federal data, the state has vaccinated fewer than 2,500 people per 100,000 residents.
Although Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that anyone 65 and older would be eligible to receive the vaccine, Los Angeles County and some others said they did not have enough doses to vaccinate so many people And for the first time they are focusing on health care. The most vulnerable elderly living in workers and care homes.
On Monday, the Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District sent a letter to state and county public health officials requesting authorization to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to schools to provide a vaccine for employees, local community members and children is. .
“Doing so will help reopen schools as soon as possible, and in the safest possible way possible,” Superintendent Austin Beatner wrote.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, California has experienced 3 million coronovirus cases last year and more than 33,600 people have died since the pandemic began last year.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County – one of the nation’s most populous and an epicenter of state epidemics – works for about one person every six minutes.
To deal with the backlog of bodies in hospitals and funeral homes, the South Coast Air Quality Management District on Sunday suspended some pollution-control limits on cremation numbers for at least 10 days.
“The current rate of death is double the pre-pandemic,” the agency said.
California has seen an average of 500 deaths and 40,000 new cases per day in the last two weeks. Although hospitalization and admission to the intensive care unit are on a slight decline, officials warn that during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, the broadcast can reverse if full effects are felt.
“As the number of cases in California continues to increase, the total number of individuals with serious consequences will also increase,” the state’s health department said in a statement on Monday.
Adding to the concerns, California is experiencing new, possibly more communicable forms of COVID-19.
The state Department of Health announced on Sunday that a L452R variant of the virus was increasingly visible in genetic sequencing of COVID-19 test samples from several counties.
The department said the variants were identified in California and other states and countries last year, but have been identified since November and in several large outbreaks in Santa Clara County, Northern California.
Overall, variants have been found in at least a dozen counties. in some places. A quarter of the samples in the test have found variants, with a virologist and professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California San Francisco, Dr. Charles Chiu said.
However, not all test specimens obtained genetic sequencing to identify variants, so its frequency was not immediately apparent.
However, health officials said it was linked to the outbreak of Christmas at Kaiser Permanente San Jose, which infected at least 89 staff members and patients, leading to the receptionist’s death. The outbreak has been blamed on an employee who came to the hospital’s emergency room wearing an air-operated inflatable Christmas tree costume.
The variant differs from another mutation, B117, which was first reported in the United Kingdom and appears to spread more easily, although it does not appear to make people ill.
That version has already been shown in San Diego County and Los Angeles County announced over the weekend that it had traced its first case.