Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Update from Henry County Public Health

On April 13th, the CDC and the FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to allow researchers at both agencies time to better understand a small number of reported cases of women developing a rare clotting disorder after receiving the vaccine.  So far 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered and 6 cases of blood clots have been reported. That is 0.000088% chance. All 6 known cases have occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48, within 6 to 13 days of receiving the vaccine.

The CDC is pausing the vaccine distribution in an “abundance of caution” because safety is their top priority and because they want time to communicate with doctors about how to respond to this very specific blood clot. If you had the J&J Janssen vaccine in the last two weeks, and you have the following symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider:

  • Severe headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shortness of breath

These are adverse reactions and to reiterate, this is very rare. A sore red arm, fever, body aches, and fatigue are some of the normal symptoms that you may have after the vaccination.  These symptoms are a body’s immune system responding.

This pause does not include the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. Public Health continues to give the Moderna vaccine at our weekly vaccination clinics and we have open appointments available. You may view them and sign up at HealthyHenryCounty.org/covid or call 319-385-0779 during business hours. Getting more people vaccinated will be a turning point in controlling the virus.

Public Health will continue to share vaccine information and updates at HealthyHenryCounty.org/covid, Facebook.com/HealthyHenryCounty or listen to KILJ 105.5 FM Tuesdays around 2:15pm.