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Plan to vaccinate 2,000 seniors a day on pause in Stanislaus County – KCRA Sacramento

Vaccination clinics that were set to administer doses to 2,000 seniors a day in Stanislaus County are now being put on hold following a batch of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine where allergic reactions are being reported. On Tuesday, what was anticipated to be long lines of people were instead empty rows and locked gates. The sight of the closed clinic left one man on a mission seeking answers. Lorenzo Gonzales visited the Modesto Centre Plaza in the hopes of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Instead, he was met with “vaccination site closed” signs. “First thing that went through my mind I’m going, ‘Oh, boy. Another problem with getting it distributed,’” Gonzales said.That problem is statewide, after a San Diego clinic reported that fewer than 10 people had severe allergic reactions to Moderna lot 041L20A. “I guess I’m not too worried about that all that much. If those people who got reactions aren’t dying, I’m happy with it,” Lorenzo said.Kamlesh Kaur, a spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Public Health Department, said the county received 5,100 doses of that lot, distributed 2,000 to providers and 849 were administered. “None of the recipients that have received this vaccine from us, from that particular lot, has seen any reaction, so that speaks to the safety of it,” Kaur said.Kaur said there is a screening process in place. Patients are monitored for 15 minutes after getting the vaccine and even longer if they have had health issues in the past. Kaur said these measures are in place to ensure the process is safe for people wanting a dose.Vaccinations will continue for everyone in Phase 1a, but the clinic Kaur said will remain closed, at least until the health department gets a better idea of what the vaccine supply will look like.Kaur also said that the county had prepared to open sites at Stanislaus State, Patterson, and Oakdale, but that’s on hold. County officials are waiting for the results of the investigation by state health and other agencies before they take those next steps.As for Gonzales, he said will remain proactively patient. “I bide my time. I stay home and I don’t go out, unless I really have to, like groceries, and gas, stuff like that,” Gonzales said.

Vaccination clinics that were set to administer doses to 2,000 seniors a day in Stanislaus County are now being put on hold following a batch of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine where allergic reactions are being reported.

On Tuesday, what was anticipated to be long lines of people were instead empty rows and locked gates. The sight of the closed clinic left one man on a mission seeking answers.

Lorenzo Gonzales visited the Modesto Centre Plaza in the hopes of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Instead, he was met with “vaccination site closed” signs.

“First thing that went through my mind I’m going, ‘Oh, boy. Another problem with getting it distributed,’” Gonzales said.

That problem is statewide, after a San Diego clinic reported that fewer than 10 people had severe allergic reactions to Moderna lot 041L20A.

“I guess I’m not too worried about that all that much. If those people who got reactions aren’t dying, I’m happy with it,” Lorenzo said.

Kamlesh Kaur, a spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Public Health Department, said the county received 5,100 doses of that lot, distributed 2,000 to providers and 849 were administered.

“None of the recipients that have received this vaccine from us, from that particular lot, has seen any reaction, so that speaks to the safety of it,” Kaur said.

Kaur said there is a screening process in place. Patients are monitored for 15 minutes after getting the vaccine and even longer if they have had health issues in the past. Kaur said these measures are in place to ensure the process is safe for people wanting a dose.

Vaccinations will continue for everyone in Phase 1a, but the clinic Kaur said will remain closed, at least until the health department gets a better idea of what the vaccine supply will look like.

Kaur also said that the county had prepared to open sites at Stanislaus State, Patterson, and Oakdale, but that’s on hold. County officials are waiting for the results of the investigation by state health and other agencies before they take those next steps.

As for Gonzales, he said will remain proactively patient.

“I bide my time. I stay home and I don’t go out, unless I really have to, like groceries, and gas, stuff like that,” Gonzales said.

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