On April 13, 2021, the CDC and FDA issued a statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J, also known as Janssen) COVID vaccine out of an abundance of caution. New York State announced that it will follow this guidance.
The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six cases of an extremely rare and severe type of blood clot among recipients of the more than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine that have been administered in the U.S. to date. This does not exceed the typical rate of occurrence for this condition in the general population, and the agencies are still working to determine if there is a link between these incidents and the vaccine. All six cases reportedly occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
Patients scheduled to receive J&J vaccine through UR Medicine will have the option to receive either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine while the pause is in effect.
The news of April 13 raises understandable concerns among people who have recently received the J&J vaccine. People who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
It’s important to remember that this side effect is extremely rare, and the pause is evidence of scientists and doctors working with extreme caution to ensure vaccines are as safe and effective as possible. People should continue to schedule vaccinations at their earliest opportunity, which is essential to saving lives and bringing an end to the COVID pandemic.
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Coronavirus vaccines are a powerful tool that will help our community and the world fight the COVID-19 pandemic. URMC will distribute coronavirus vaccines according to federal and state guidelines, which are designed to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community, as well as essential frontline workers, are vaccinated early.
As the availability of approved vaccines increases in 2021, we plan to provide a coronavirus vaccination to any Thompson Health patient who wants one. No need to contact your provider’s office; we will provide more information, including when and where you can receive a vaccine, as it becomes available. In the meantime, we must continue to wear masks, avoid close contact with others and wash hands frequently to help prevent the spread of the virus in our community.
Please note that while Thompson Health is a location for COVID vaccine clinics, we have no say in who is invited to these early phase clinics for specific audiences (healthcare workers, EMS, group home residents, etc.). New York State Department of Health is sending vaccine invitations directly to those individuals classified as high exposure risk.
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