In light of information from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health, Webster County Health Department is cancelling Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinics until further notice. All individuals registered for this week’s clinic will receive a cancellation text message.
The CDC and FDA along with IDPH have called for a pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines after six women between the ages of 18 and 48 were found to have a rare type of blood clot following vaccination.
According to a joint statement from the CDC and FDA, “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.”
WCHD will continue to accept allocations of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from IDPH and will plan for future clinics.
“We want residents to receive a vaccination against COVID-19,” said Kari Prescott, WCHD director. “We will continue to assess Webster County and continue to canvas our communities to ensure that everyone that wants to be vaccinated has the opportunity to safely do so.”