Broward Health Helping With Pause On The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Anyone affected by the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Broward Health is encouraging calling 954-756-6500 to register for COVID vaccination appointments.

Broward Health’s vaccination sites have virtually no wait time. Both vaccine makers will increase the number of doses shipped to the state next week.

Johnson & Johnson has not said if they would be shipping doses to the state amid the pause placed due to rare complications in some who have received the vaccine. Following CDC and FDA guidance, Publix is suspending the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should contact their health care provider if they develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, but the odds of having a blood clotting problem are extremely small, less than one in a million.

Six people developed a "rare and severe" type of blood clot after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as over 6.8 million doses of the vaccine have already been administered in the U.S.

The six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48, and started showing up six days after they were inoculated.

"CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance," the two health agencies said in a joint statement. "FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution. This is important, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot."

"Based on actions taken by the President earlier this year, the United States has secured enough Pfizer and Moderna doses for 300 million Americans," White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients said in a statement. "Over the last few weeks, we have made available more than 25 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna each week, and in fact this week, we will make available 28 million doses of these vaccines."

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