Oneida County, NYS offering other vaccines in place of Johnson & Johnson amid health concerns

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The county- and state-run sites slated to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccines are switching to either Pfizer or Moderna, amid reports the J&J vaccine may be linked to rare blood clots.

Posted: Apr 13, 2021 9:51 AM
Updated: Apr 13, 2021 1:25 PM

The county- and state-run sites slated to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccines are switching to either Pfizer or Moderna, amid reports the J&J vaccine may be linked to rare blood clots.

There have been six reported cases of a “rare and severe” type of blood clot in women ages 18 to 48 who’ve received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Nearly 7 million people have had the J&J vaccine overall. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending a pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the U.S. until further research and analysis can be done.

Oneida County will be offering Moderna doses Tuesday at the Parkway Recreation Center in Utica, and for homebound vaccination appointments, instead of Johnson & Johnson as originally planned. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also tweeted Tuesday that anyone scheduled to receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a state-run site should not cancel their appointment, and will get a Pfizer dose instead.

Read the full CDC statement below:

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered. Usually, an anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous, and alternative treatments need to be given.

CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution. This is important, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.

Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. 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. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

CDC and FDA will provide additional information and answer questions later today at a media briefing. A recording of that media call will be available on the FDA’s YouTube channel.

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