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CHP provides important update on Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution

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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Community Health Programs will pause its COVID-19 vaccine clinics following this morning’s announcement that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have paused distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The FDA/CDC announcement came after the identification of a rare and severe blood-clotting disorder. These symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination and in only six individuals out of the more than six million people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S.

Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination and develop symptoms such as severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, blurry vision or nausea should immediately contact a health care provider or their local health department. Muscle aches, fever, arm soreness and other symptoms are common after any COVID-19 vaccine and are not a cause for concern. Visit the CDC website for information about common COVID-19 side effects.

There are no reports of these rare side effects with the other available COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna). The CDC advises that those who have appointments to receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine keep those appointments, and that those who were scheduled to receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccine instead reschedule to receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. To schedule your  Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, please visit http://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.