UPDATE: Pause on administering J&J COVID-19 vaccine to continue


(WFRV) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced the pause on administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will continue until federal recommendation decides to lift it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently collecting analysis’ and more information after a potential link between the vaccination and a rare and severe blood clot.

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Original Story: Wisconsin DHS instructs vaccinators to stop giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine amid review

TUESDAY 4/13/2021, 11:57 a.m.

(WFRV) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has announced that all Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine providers will stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to a recent review of side effects.

Vaccine providers have been told to hold the vaccine as a pause will allow the CDC to determine if there are any future cases of a clotting disorder which was reported in six people throughout the United States. Those who have received the J & J vaccine should monitor themselves for the following symptoms:

  • severe headache
  • abdominal pain
  • leg pain
  • shortness of breath

Symptoms have occurred six to 13 days after people receive the vaccine. DHS does note that the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines continue to remain safe and they encourage everyone eligible to get the vaccine.

ThedaCare announced, it will pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. There were two ThedaCare clinics scheduled this week to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, resulting in about 250 doses. ThedaCare is working with those community members and prioritizing to reschedule their vaccination appointment where they would receive the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

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