The Oregon Health Authority has asked health care providers to pause use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after a joint statement released this morning by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug Administration. The pause is out of an abundance of caution to provide the agencies time to further review data involving six reported cases of a rare and severe blood clot. The release says, “Right now, 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.”
No adverse effects from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been reported in Baker County.
The Baker County Health Department has been providing doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but will pause until clearance is given. The Health Department will continue to offer the Moderna vaccine. Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are still available for use; however, the Health Department has not been carrying doses of the Pfizer vaccine because of the requirements for ultra-cold storage. General information about vaccines is available on the CDC website.