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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Information & Updates

COVID-19 Important News and Updates

FDA and CDC Lift Recommended Pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

April 26, 2021 – Following a thorough safety review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC) have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.

FDA and CDC have determined the following:

— Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.

— Available data show that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older.

— At this time, the available data suggest that the chance of thrombosis-thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) occurring is very low, but the FDA and CDC will remain vigilant in continuing to investigate this risk.

Barnstable County will resume its use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, effective immediately. Planning and scheduling of upcoming Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinics will take place over the next few weeks. More details to follow.

Please visit Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC.

Barnstable, MA- April 13, 2021 – Today, the FDA and CDC recommended that U.S. federal distribution channels, including all vaccination sites, pause the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until a review of the vaccine is completed. This is in response to an extremely rare occurrence of potentially dangerous blood clots, which was reported in 6 individuals nationwide.

Barnstable County has halted the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of today. Two small Johnson & Johnson clinics planned for today and tomorrow have been canceled.  All other clinics hosted by Barnstable County will continue to use the Pfizer vaccine. Barnstable County has administered 1,400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since January of this year.

Barnstable County advises Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients who received their shot within the last three weeks to contact their health care provider if they experience severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath.

More than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.

The other two authorized vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, make up the vast share of COVID-19 shots administered in the U.S., and are not affected by the pause. Barnstable County has predominantly received the Pfizer vaccine.