DC Health Cancels Johnson & Johnson Appointments

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Tuesday morning the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) would pause its vaccine rollout citing blood clot concerns.

There have been approximately 6.8 million doses of the Janssen vaccine administered with 6 cases of blood clots identified.

DC Health sent messages to all those registered for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine all vaccine appointments for those receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from April 13 through April 17. The emails inform recipients that their appointments have been cancelled.

Residents with appointments cancelled due to the pause in Johnson and Johnson’s distribution will receive a new invitation Wednesday, April 14 to register for an appointment for the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Approximately 1200 people are expected to receive the email.

The CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a joint statement on the vaccine and the announcement of the pause Tuesday morning.

“These adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” the statement reads. “COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously.”

The statement also encourages individuals who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine who develop any of the following symptoms including: severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination to contact their health care provider.

DC Health reported that over 1,110 vaccine appointments have been impacted due to the pause and stated that they remain confident in both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

“These adverse events appear to be extremely rare. As we learn more from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) we will immediately inform residents,” DC Health said. “We remain confident that Moderna and Pfizer vaccine are very safe and effective and getting vaccinated will help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Sarah Payne is a History and Neuroscience student at The University of Michigan interning with HillRag. She writes for and serves as an assistant news editor for Michigan’s student newspaper, The Michigan Daily. You can reach her at [email protected]