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Moderna vaccine can be used again in California
The Moderna coronavirus vaccine can again be administered in California, state health officials announced Wednesday.
The vaccine was temporarily paused in the state on Sunday after “a specific lot of the drug turned out a higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions.”
“Our highest priorities are to ensure that vaccines are safe and effective, and distributed equitably and efficiently,” California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said.
Pan advised providers Wednesday that they can immediately resume the administration of lot 41L20A of the Moderna vaccine.
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San Joaquin County COVID-19 hospitalizations stabilizing but remain high
According to the county's Emergency Medical Services Agency daily report, hospitals in San Joaquin County reported having 308 COVID-19 positive patients admitted for care. The county's need for intensive care services remained near a record high and operating at 137% of bed capacity. Currently, 61% of patients receiving ICU care in San Joaquin County hospitals are positive for COVID-19.
San Joaquin County hospitals reported 6 patient deaths related to the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
The county reported a lesser surge than anticipated of patients from holiday gatherings while the need for medical care remains high.
State releases latest COVID-19 statistics
On Wednesday, the state of California announced the state total of COVID-19 cases is now at 3,019,371. There were also 694 deaths reported Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the state's death total to 34,433.
Stanislaus County to resume vaccine clinics
The Stanislaus County Public Health announced it would reopen its COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Thursday, Jan. 21. These will be available to those who qualify in Phase 1A and Seniors aged 65 and older.
Amador County receives only 200 doses, expecting to run out
Amador County reported on Facebook the county only received 200 doses for the week of Jan. 18. The county is expecting to run out of its supply by the end of the week. So far, over 2,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the county.
The vaccine is currently available to healthcare workers, first responders, community outreach workers, educators and people over 75 in Amador County.
Tuolumne County plans vaccine clinic at Mother Lode Fairgrounds
Adventist Health Sonora is offering appointments for residents of Tuolumne County over 75 at vaccination clinics on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24. These clinics will be hosted at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.
Eligible people can sign up for an appointment online. If users need help with signing up for an appointment, they can call (209)532-6272 with the extension 227 on Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
California sees hopeful signs
California officials are pinning their hopes on President-elect Joe Biden as they struggle to obtain coronavirus vaccines to curb a surge that has packed hospitals and morgues. Doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been arriving haphazardly as they make their way from the federal government through the state and finally to counties, cities and hospitals.
San Francisco’s public health department says it's likely to run out of vaccine on Thursday. Sacramento County is also running short. Los Angeles County is starting to inoculate those 65 and up despite the scarcity.
But infection indicators are starting to show what the state's top health official on Tuesday called “rays of hope.”
California this week surpassed 3 million COVID-19 cases.
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