Buffalo County pauses J&J vaccine administration


The administration of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine has been paused out of an abundance of caution. As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson have been administered in the U.S. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

In accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Buffalo County Health Department will be halting the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until we receive further guidance from the CDC and FDA. If you had a vaccine appointment scheduled with us at a clinic that involved the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, your appointment will be canceled. The Buffalo County Health Department will continue to administer the Pfizer vaccine this week, which has had no such reports and has not been halted by the CDC or FDA. All Johnson & Johnson appointments have been canceled for the week, and if you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the Buffalo County Health Department you will be receiving a detailed letter from us. If you have any questions please email covid19@co.buffalo.wi.us or call 608-685-4412.


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