http://pfund.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2016-logo-square-only-white-on-navy-300x300.png 0 0 Aaron Zimmerman http://pfund.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2016-logo-square-only-white-on-navy-300x300.png Aaron Zimmerman2021-04-27 00:56:512021-04-27 03:06:00Messages on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause for Communities
- We recognize the questions and concerns about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause.
- The blood clot events reported with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are very rare, but health officials wanted to pause and make sure doctors and others know to look out for even such a rare occurrence and how to treat it properly. This condition is treatable.
- This pause is temporary. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe there are high benefits from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and it is an important tool to help end the pandemic.
- CDC, FDA, and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are committed to vaccine safety. This pause shows the vaccine safety system is working! CDC and FDA were able to spot these six very rare cases out of millions of people vaccinated.
- The risk of COVID-19 disease is much greater than the risk of a clotting event from Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- While the issue observed with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been reported in slightly over one in a million people who received that vaccine, a much higher rate – one in ten Americans – have been infected with COVID-19, and one in 558 Americans have died of COVID-19.
If you already got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- The symptoms of the clotting issue have occurred six to 13 days after vaccination.
- If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than a month ago, you are unlikely to develop this related condition. Contact a health care provider or clinic if you have concerns.
- If you received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the last 1-3 weeks, you should be aware of these symptoms. If you develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, contact your health care provider, or go to the emergency room or urgent care. Let them know that you recently received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- Mild symptoms like a headache or body aches the day or two after you got your vaccine are likely normal side effects that mean the vaccine is working. If you have questions, contact a health care provider or clinic.
If they had an appointment for Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- Anyone who currently has an appointment to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should watch for a notification from their provider about canceling, postponing or rescheduling the appointment. If your appointment is cancelled, you can look for other vaccination appointments through the Vaccine Locator map, local pharmacies or your health care provider. Your site may also help reschedule you to receive another brand of COVID-19 vaccine.
- Until Johnson & Johnson vaccination restarts, we are continuing to hold clinics where two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are given. The available vaccines for COVID-19 are safe and work to protect you from getting very sick or hospitalized from COVID-19.
- If you have an appointment with two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, we encourage you to keep your appointment and get vaccinated.
The use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-dose vaccine. The other available vaccines require two doses. Since it can be hard for some people to come back for a second dose, especially in places they will only be for a short time, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been used for some settings like jails and shelters.
- Johnson & Johnson vaccine was also used for a lot of different populations, in community clinics and at state vaccination sites.
- The Minnesota governor and commissioner of health got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- Many faith leaders, like Muslim Scholars, have also gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.