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Central Coast health officials respond to reports of COVID-19 vaccine allergic reactions

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 02:33:07-05

California health officials are putting a pause on administering a specific lot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine after reports of possible allergic reactions around the state.

In a statement, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan recommended pausing lot 41L20A of the vaccine as officials investigate the reported reactions.

KSBY News reached out to health departments on the Central Coast regarding these potential allergic reactions.

San Luis Obispo County Public Health tells KSBY it has received some of the doses from the Moderna vaccine lot but had not yet administered any of them before learning of the potential issue.

"We await further direction from the manufacturer and State and will not be administering any doses from that lot number without further direction," the health department said.

Santa Barbara County says it also received a shipment from the impacted Moderna lot but did not administer any of the doses.

Health officials say an investigation is underway to determine whether other local health care providers received vaccines from the 41L20A lot and if so, whether they were administered.

While the state did not reveal the location where the reactions were reported, six people reported allergic reactions after receiving the vaccine at the vaccine super-station at Petco Park on Jan. 14.

The pause on the lot is in place until an investigation conducted by the CDC, FDA, Moderna, and state health officials is complete.