Cochise County Pauses Use of Janssen, the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Following Recommendations from the CDC and FDA, Cochise County Immediately Pauses Use of the Vaccine
BISBEE, Ariz. (April 13, 2021) – This morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a joint statement recommending a pause in the administration of Janssen, also known as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The federal health agencies have called for an immediate pause on the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, after an emerging report of six U.S. cases of a rare type of blood clot. As of today, Cochise County will follow federal and state recommendations to pause the use of Janssen within the county.
According to the joint press release, the CDC will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday, April 14, to further review the cases and assess their potential significance. The FDA will then review that analysis as it also investigates the cases. Until that process is complete, the federal agencies recommend a pause in the use of the vaccine out of an abundance of caution.
“Based on the guidance issued by the FDA and CDC, we will be pausing dispensing of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in Cochise County,” says Alicia Thompson, Health Director of Cochise Health & Social Services. “We will pause until these agencies make a final determination on the safety and use of the vaccine. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure the safety of our community and residents.”
The blood clot cases are said to be extremely rare. People who have received the Janssen single-dose vaccine and who develop symptoms of severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination, should contact their health care provider.
Within Cochise County, upcoming point of dispending (POD) vaccine events will solely focus on the administration of the Moderna vaccine, until further notice. Federal health agencies also stressed that no serious safety problems have emerged with either of the other two federally authorized vaccines, developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
At this time, Cochise County continues to monitor the situation and will provide updates upon receiving additional information and direction from federal and state agencies. To reschedule an existing vaccine appointment or to register for the Moderna vaccine, visit: podvaccine.azdhs.gov or call 1-844-542-8201 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., 7 days a week.