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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.

For a complete list of authorized vaccine administrators with vaccine in stock in your area, visit:

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