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Health Department: Pause recommended in use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

MASON CITY – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recommending a pause in use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine after six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine, and in order to prepare the health care system to recognize and treat patients appropriately, to report severe events they may be seeing in people who have received the J&J vaccine.

Until this process is complete CG Public Health is recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution.  For now, these events appear to be extremely rare.

For individuals receiving the J&J vaccine:

  • For people who got the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk is very low at this time.
  • For people who recently got the vaccine—within the last few weeks—be aware ofany symptoms.
    • If you have received the vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider and seek medical treatment.
  • Importantly, there are three vaccines available. We are not seeing these events with the Moderna or the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
  • People who have vaccine appointments for the Moderna or the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines should continue with their appointment. If you have an appointment for the J&J vaccine you should cancel this appointment and reschedule for either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. There are appointments available on to schedule yourself for a non- Janssen vaccine.
    • Please note, Moderna is authorized for use in anyone aged 18 years or older, Pfizer-BioNTech is authorized for use in anyone aged 16 years of age or older.

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Dr Steven Hatfill, infectious desease expert, has some interesting things to say about the covid vaccines and how Dr. Fauci (and others)mishandled the approach. Dr. Hatfill has been treating patients with Hydroxychloroquine and achieved very, very good results. Turns out Trump was right all along.

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