Following a “pause” on the statewide distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Oakland Coliseum has been approved as a mass vaccination site, KRON reports. The Coliseum was recently renamed “RingCentral Coliseum.”
This weekend, California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan recommended health providers “pause” the administration of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine due to possible allergic reactions. “A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community clinic,” said Pan, formerly the Chief Health Officer of Alameda County. In a 24 hour period, nearly 10 people needed medical attention. The specific vaccine is Moderna Lot 041L2OA, according to the state.
More than 300,000 doses were shipped between Jan. 15 to 12 to 287 providers throughout California. KRON reports that Alameda County “confirmed they did not receive any vaccines from that lot of doses.”
Last week, ABC 7 reported on the dearth of pharmacies in Oakland. City Councilwoman Treva Reid told ABC 7, “We would love our pharmacies that aren’t in our district to come set up mobile clinics and outreach. So we can make sure we get our community vaccinated.”
Cases, hospitalizations up in Alameda County
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oakland, but the greatest number of cases has shifted East from Fruitvale to Deep East Oakland.
The Bay Area Region’s ICU bed capacity is at 3.4 percent, far above the 15 percent threshold to move from the “widespread” tier. There are 422 confirmed hospitalizations, as of Friday, accounty to the Alameda County COVID-19 dashboard.
Alameda County has administered over COVID-19 1,534,737 tests.
In last week’s People’s Health Briefing, Roots Community Health CEO Dr. Noha Aboeleta said, “Unfortunately an increasing number of positives are coming from family gatherings and coming into contact with an individual outside of the home.”
There are 67,096 COVID-19 cases in Alameda County, with 20,920 in Oakland. There have been 764 coronavirus deaths in the County since the pandemic began. As Momo Chang reported for Oakland Voices last week, “While this pales in comparison to the numbers in other places, such as LA county and the rest of Southern California, the community spread is very wide.”
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Last week I took my third COVID-19 test. Still negative. Y’all be safe out there.