By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health
Recently, the State California Department of Public Health (CDPH), out of an abundance of caution, paused the administration of a single lot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine delivered throughout California. This was due to a higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions at one of the 287 sites that received it.
On January 20, 2021, after a thorough investigation, the CDPH found no scientific basis to continue the pause on this particular lot and cleared a restart of its use. You can read the CDPH announcement HERE.
While this pause on vaccine distribution was not convenient, it demonstrates that the rigorous system of safeguards is working, and continues to be focused on getting vaccine into arms as quickly as possible.
Because there is still a limited overall vaccine distribution from the California Department of Public Health, the vaccine supply remains low in Santa Barbara County. We greatly appreciate your patience. Please visit our Public Health website for up-to-date information about vaccinations, including how to make an appointment, in Santa Barbara County: https://publichealthsbc.org/
Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP is a graduate of Justus-Liebig-University Medical School Giessen, Germany. He completed Residency training in Munich, Germany and Tucson, AZ and is board certified in Family Practice (Germany) and Internal Medicine (USA). Dr. Ansorg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is on the Medical Staff at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He has many years of experience in different clinical settings including 10 years of Private Practice and Urgent Care in Munich, Germany, as well as 11 years of Internal Medicine/Geriatrics in Arizona, as well as 4 years at the Santa Barbara County Health Care Center. Dr. Ansorg has served as Public Health Officer for Santa Barbara County since April 2019.