The Trempealeau County Health Department continues to partner with Gundersen Tri-County and Mayo Clinic in Arcadia to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC and FDA recommend vaccinators pause administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. In six cases out of 6.8 million Johnson & Johnson doses given in the U.S., patients reported a rare and severe type of blood clot. In all six cases, women between the ages of 18 and 48 reported symptoms six to 13 days after vaccination.
What you should know
This pause is appropriate and proof the national monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine is working well.
Instances of blood clots are rare, but we need to make sure the vaccine is safe. Additional study will provide these answers.
Trempealeau County Public Health Department has provided 50 Johnson & Johnson doses to patients in Trempealeau County, with no severe reactions reported.
Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics in Whitehall has never received or administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Tri-County has only been allotted and administered the Moderna vaccine.
Mayo Clinic in Arcadia has provided 61 Johnson & Johnson doses to patients in Trempealeau County, with no severe reactions reported as April 14.
Gundersen Health System staff have provided 1,227 Johnson & Johnson doses and Mayo Clinic Health System staff have provided just under 700 Johnson & Johnson doses to patients across their systems, since April 1.
No severe reactions have been reported among those who have received Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Gundersen or Mayo Clinic.
Trempealeau County will store doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine still on hand at our locations and wait for guidance from the CDC and FDA.
If you or a patient received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, seek medical attention if your leg or arm begins to cramp, swell or becomes warm to the touch.
Please share gundersenhealth.org/vaccine or co.trempealeau.wi.us/coronavirus with patients and anyone else who would like more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.