SACRAMENTO, California, USA (AP) – California declared Wednesday that it is safe to continue using a shipment of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, after some people fell ill and the injections were recommended to stop.
The decision releases more than 300. 000 doses to be delivered to counties, cities and hospitals with problems to get supplies. The state Department of Public Health on Sunday urged a hiatus in the use of a specific batch after fewer than 10 people who received the injections in a San Diego vaccination center will need medical attention, possibly due to rare but serious allergic reactions.
After a review and consultation with Moderna and the federal health authorities, the state “found no scientific basis to continue the pause “and noted that vaccinations could” be resumed immediately, “said Dr. Eric Pan, state epidemiologist in a statement.
” These findings should continue to give Californians confidence that vaccines are safe and effective, and that the systems in place to guarantee the safety of vaccines are rigorous and based on science, “said Pan, adding that some members of her family had received it.
Cheryl Brennan of Fallbrook was one of the people who enf
“At 18 minutes after receiving the vaccine last week at Petco Park, the home stadium of the San Diego Padres. , it was like my throat started to close up, ”KSWB-TV said. “My tension went to 185 – 125, which I think is very dangerous.” Help came immediately.
“They placed electrodes. They put ice packs on me. I had four emergency technicians and two nurses helping me, and they lowered my blood pressure in 45 minutes, ”said Brennan.
The woman also said that despite the reaction , she planned to return the following month for the second dose. The vaccine requires two doses to give a complete immunization.
“Of course, I will go,” Brennan said. “In my opinion, if I catch COVID, I will probably have much worse reactions than having those problems (…). And my husband has underlying health issues, so it’s worth taking that risk. ”
California reported its second highest death toll from COVID on Wednesday – 19, although there was also a decrease in hospitalizations below 20. 000 patients for the first time since 27 December.
The total of 694 new deaths is the second highest behind the 708 registered on January 8, according to the state Department of Public Health.
California surpassed 3 million cases of COVID this week – 19 since the arrival of the pandemic in the region at the beginning of last year. Almost 34. 500 people have died.
Most of the state’s population is under confinement orders issued due to the lack of places Intensive Care for COVID Patients – 19. The spike in infections is attributed to people ignoring social distancing and wearing masks during the end of the year holidays.
Associated Press journalists Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento, Janie Har and Olga Rodriquez in San Francisco and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.