Jefferson Healthcare pauses scheduling for Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinics

April 13, 2021 –   Early this morning Jefferson Healthcare was alerted to the issues reported with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine about an extremely rare disorder involving people with blood clots in combination with low platelets in a small number of individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The safety and well-being of our community are our number one priority.  While the reports are small, six reported cases out of more than 6.8 million doses administered, Jefferson Healthcare will follow recommendations from the CDC and cancel the Johnson & Johnson Clinic scheduled for Thursday, April 15th.  Scheduling for the Wednesday, April 21st clinic has paused while we will await further recommendation from the CDC.  Currently, all patients scheduled for the Wednesday, April 21st clinic maintain their appointment.  Patients scheduled for either clinic may schedule for the Moderna clinic on Friday, April 23rd.

The recommendation to pause is an example of how robust the vaccine monitoring system works since this potential safety concern was identified quickly allowing for further investigation. These safety concerns did not present in Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials and have not been identified in the “real world”.

In the United States, 97 million doses of Pfizer and 84 million doses of Moderna have been administered.  Jefferson County leads the state in vaccine administration rates, with over 51% of residents receiving at least one dose and nearly 37% receiving full vaccination.  Additionally, Jefferson County has the lowest prevalence of COVID disease in the state.

Jefferson Healthcare firmly believes that complete vaccination and COVID safety measures are the best defense against the COVID-19 virus and the variants.  Jefferson Healthcare will continue to schedule Moderna and Pfizer (for our teen population).  We encourage everyone who has not been vaccinated to schedule an appointment today.

The Jefferson Healthcare vaccine page will continue to provide the most up-to-date information for vaccine distribution.

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