St. Croix, US Virgin Islands—The Virgin Islands Department of Health is carefully monitoring the reports out of California of possible adverse reactions from a particular Moderna lot (041L20A). We have received vaccine allotments from this identified lot/batch in the territory. Fortunately, we have not had any reports of unexpected or severe adverse effects within the territory or among the individuals vaccinated from this specific supply.
The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with President Biden’s Covid-19 Response Team is not to remove the vaccines from the current inventory. The following statement was released from the CDC:
“CDC is aware of a situation in California in which multiple potential adverse events were reported after vaccination with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine (Moderna Lot 041L20A) at one community vaccination clinic. We are working closely with the California Department of Public Health, the FDA, and Moderna to investigate these potential adverse events.”
At this time, even though CDC does not recommend health departments stop administering this lot or any lot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the VIDOH has advised our providers to halt administration of lot (041L20A) while more information is provided about the safety of this lot. We are taking this action out of the abundance of caution.
The Department of Health’s Medical Director, Dr. Tai Hunte-Ceasar stated “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and have been developed with the same standards as all other vaccines. Some people may experience side effects after COVID-19 vaccines such as pain or swelling at the injection site or fever, chills, or a headache. These typically don’t last long and are signs that your body is producing the desired antibody response. Over the counter analgesics can be used to treat these mild symptoms.
” If you’ve received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the department encourages you to use the vsafe app to report any side effects. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID19 vaccination.
The VIDOH continues to work carefully with the vaccine providers to monitor and report any concerns immediately to the public, the CDC and the COVID-19 Response Team.