In coordination with the Federal Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is immediately pausing administration of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose vaccine, pending further investigation of safety concerns. In a joint news conference this morning, the FDA and CDC announced they are pausing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six individuals across the U.S. experienced serious, and in one instance, fatal platelet-related blood clotting issues.
JCDHE vaccine clinics are currently administering Pfizer, and to a much lesser extent, Moderna vaccines. 7,200 Johnson & Johnson doses have been allocated to Johnson County. Because it only requires one dose, these have been largely reserved for those who might have challenges getting to a vaccine clinic twice, such as homebound residents and those who are experiencing homelessness, or who have disabilities.