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Pfizer vaccine set to arrive in Shasta County sometime next week

On Thursday, a U.S. advisory panel endorsed the use of the Pfizer vaccine. Shasta County is set to receive about 2000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine sometime next week.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 7:14 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, CALIF. – On Thursday, a U.S. advisory panel endorsed the use of the Pfizer vaccine.

Shasta County is set to receive about 2000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine sometime next week.

Healthcare workers would be the first group of people to get vaccinated. That would include people living and working in long term care facilities, such as skilled nursing facilities.

County health leaders will be meeting on Friday to discuss further vaccine distribution plans.

People are hopeful this would help get things returning to normal.

“After nine months I think we're all a little over being quarantined,” said Nancy McMasters of Redding. “I understand it but do I want it to go away, very much so.”

Once the vaccine arrives at Mercy Medical Center, the hospital says it will use standard storage protocols.

According to Pfizer’s website, those protocols include keeping the vaccine in ultra-low-temperature freezers which can extend shelf life for up to six months. Using the units Pfizer ships the vaccine in as temporary storage units by refilling with dry ice every five days for up to 30 days. Refrigerating units commonly available in hospitals can be used to store the vaccine for up to five days at 2-8°c conditions.

Shasta County Public health says people will get the vaccine for free but won’t vaccinate people until the FDA approves it.

The county will be getting 2 boxes of the Pfizer vaccine, each box containing 975 doses.

“I have a lot of trust in the science that's gone into developing it and the care that's gone into the care to making sure it's safe,” said Rev. Cathleen Cox of Redding.

“I've taken vaccines in my life many times and had my children vaccinated. I will be in line.”

While others are ready to take the vaccine when it becomes available, others are wanting to wait.

“I will wait,” said Tasha French of Shasta Lake.

“I'll just wait and let the first group of people go ahead and get it. See how they feel about it and how they react.”

Shasta County is also looking to pre-position the Moderna vaccine which has less strict storage requirements.

This week, the Food and Drug Administration released its independent review of Pfizer’s vaccine.
The report reveals that some people in one vaccine group experienced some allergic reactions. Other side effects are fatigue, headache, muscle pain
An independent panel of experts voted in favor of recommending that the FDA authorize the vaccine for emergency use in people ages 16 and older. Data so far shows the Pfizer vaccine 95% effective.

Shasta County Public Health says every time a new medication is administered it's not surprising that some people develop an allergic reaction.

“Anytime we administer medications, it's not unusual for some percentages to have allergic reactions,” said Dr. Karen Ramstrom on Wednesday’s media briefing.

Pfizer reports, so far are no serious side effects to their COVID-19 vaccine.

California's Scientific Safety Review Workgroup will also be reviewing Pfizer's data this weekend.

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