HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — The Humboldt County Public Health Department announced that in line with CDC and FDA recommendations, it will be pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
It comes after six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot. This is out of the more than 6 million people who have already gotten the single dose shot in the United States. All of the blood clots occurred in women between 18 and 48 years old and all happened 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
“When and if this is cleared, we will feel confident moving forward and we will open up that vaccine just like we have in the past with pauses. I don’t think this is going to have much of an effect on our vaccination effort. We have plenty of other doses in County to make up for this, so we’re luckily in a really good place given the large number of doses we got this week,” according to County Health Officer Dr. Ian Hoffman.
Anyone Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointment is cancelled can call the joint information center or use MyTurn to reschedule your appointment. A CDC advisory panel is set to meet Wednesday as far as next steps moving forward.