A total of 2,458 Humboldt County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with 31 new cases reported today.
Humboldt County Public Health and local providers have resumed using Lot 041L20A of Modern’s COVID-19 vaccine for safekeeping following an announcement by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
The CDPH told the counties that those receiving seven vaccines at the same location in San Diego should stop multiple uses to withstand severe allergic reactions. The agency, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and Modern, found that “there was no scientific basis to continue.”
Humboldt County Health Officer Drs. Ian Hoffman said he is grateful to the state for acting quickly to ensure the safety of the vaccine supply and added that he is excited to resume distribution of all the vaccines on hand. “There is a system to detect any issues with the vaccine, and that system worked,” he said. “Public health has 3,170 doses for administration. More than 2,500 people were affected by this stop – 600 first doses and 1,900 second doses – and we want people to know they are safe. “The remainder of the modern lot was distributed to local health care providers, and it is clear to everyone to resume administering those doses.
“Given the severity of this epidemic, any delay in vaccination is important, so we are pleased to resume our plans to vaccinate older adults,” Dr. Hoffman said.
On Wednesday, 285 people were vaccinated at public health vaccination clinics, with an estimated 290 additional vaccinations scheduled for approximately 400 appointments to be held today and Friday. Local health care providers also provide vaccination to their patients. The appointment is invitation-only and is currently a priority for Phase 1A health care workers who have not received their first dose and residents over the age of 75.
Approved providers to administer the vaccine will reach their patients directly who are over 75 as soon as the vaccine is available. For those who do not have a provider or whose doctors are not an approved commentator, the Humboldt County Joint Information Center is developing an online interest form for individuals when they provide vaccination appointments for their priority group. Additional information about the interest form will be released next week.
Read CDPH’s update on Moderna lot at cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR21-025.aspx.
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