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(Español / Spanish: El Departamento de Salud detiene el uso de la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson)
Washtenaw County Health Department is pausing all use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA and CDC have recommended this pause, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed it. The Health Department is stopping all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until more is known. There is no impact on use of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
For today, the scheduled vaccine clinic at Pierce Lake Elementary in Chelsea will operate and will offer the Pfizer vaccine. The scheduled clinic this afternoon at EMU Convocation Center is postponed.
Tomorrow (Wed 4/14), two scheduled clinics will be postponed, one at Concordia University and another at EMU McKenny Hall Ballroom. The scheduled Wed clinic at EMU Convocation Center will use Pfizer and is not impacted by the pause on Johnson & Johnson.
Individuals with postponed appointments will be contacted and rescheduled as soon as possible.
“We are stopping all use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until we have more information on the few incidents of concern and clear recommendations on future use,” says Juan Luis Marquez, MD, MPH, medical director with the Health Department. “This does not change the fact that COVID-19 vaccination overall is safe and effective. Millions have been vaccinated.”
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to meet Wednesday. Pending the Committee’s recommendations, all scheduled Johnson & Johnson clinics are tentative. Additional clinics are currently scheduled locally this Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
In addition, all current scheduling for vaccine appointments with the Health Department is paused while staff assess supplies and contact those scheduled today.
COVID-19 in Washtenaw County
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and test positivity are high and increasing in Washtenaw County and across Michigan. Washtenaw County Health Department reminds everyone to please use all COVID-prevention measures whenever possible. Wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash hands often. Follow isolation or quarantine guidance, and get vaccinated as soon as an appointment is available to you. Indicators in Washtenaw County are not currently as high as neighboring areas but are increasing.
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