FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 26, 2021
Contact: Black Hawk County Health Department
Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Pause Lifted
Following the recent announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends that any vaccine provider in the state who has available Johnson & Johnson vaccine resume administration, effective immediately. Black Hawk County Public Health has issued this guidance to vaccine providers in Black Hawk County and Johnson & Johnson vaccination shall resume.
The pause was recommended after reports of six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals following administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The CDC and FDA issued the following:
Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should be resumed in the United States.
The FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.
The FDA has determined that the 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 with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) occurring is very low, but the FDA and CDC will remain vigilant in continuing to investigate this risk.
Health care providers administering the vaccine and vaccine recipients or caregivers should review the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers) and Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers, which have been revised to include information about the risk of this syndrome, which has occurred in a very small number of people who have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine.
More information on the CDC website here.
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