Humboldt County pauses administration of single lot of Moderna Covid-19 vaccines due to reports of adverse reactions

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — The Humboldt County Public Health Department is pausing the administration of a single lot of Covid-19 vaccines after a recommendation from state officials and reports of a disproportionate number of severe adverse reactions at a clinic in San Diego.

The lot of Moderna vaccines consists of 330,000 doses. That’s a week’s worth of supply for the state and as much as 90% of the doses the county has on hand. County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman says hundreds of doses from the lot have been given out with no severe or unusual reactions. No vaccine from the lot has been administered locally in the last 24 hours.

Public Health currently has 3,500 Moderna doses from this lot. While local providers have additional doses, Dr. Hoffman says there are no replacement options at this time. Vaccination clinics scheduled for this week may be impacted by the pause, and people with appointments or invitations to be vaccinated will be contacted if there are any changes.