Despite illness reports, California says batch of Moderna vaccine can be used

California says it's safe to resume using a batch of coronavirus vaccine after some people fell ill and a halt to injections was recommended.

Wednesday's decision frees up more than 300,000 doses to counties, cities and hospitals struggling to obtain supplies.

The state Department of Public Health on Sunday urged a pause in using a specific lot of the Moderna vaccine.

That came after fewer than 10 people had possible allergic reactions after receiving shots at a San Diego vaccination site.

But after a safety review and consultation with Moderna and health agencies, the state "found no scientific basis to continue the pause" and said vaccinations can "immediately resume," state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said in a statement.

"These findings should continue to give Californians confidence that vaccines are safe and effective, and that the systems put in place to ensure vaccine safety are rigorous and science-based," Pan said, adding that some of her family members had received it.

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