The news for the Johnson & Johnson single dose coronavirus vaccine was not good Tuesday morning as federal health agencies called for an immediate pause in using the vaccine.
The pause comes after six women between the ages of 18 and 48 have developed a disorder and blood clots as a result of taking the vaccine. One woman died and a second has been hospitalized in critical condition.
“We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, and Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the C.D.C., said in a joint statement. “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare.”
Nearly seven million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far, and roughly nine million more doses have been shipped out to the states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The pause will have little effect on George County residents. According to George Regional Health Systems CEO Greg Havard, only four people in George County have been given the J&J vaccine. None of those four have suffered any ill effects from the shot.
The vast majority of the nation’s vaccine supply comes from two other manufacturers, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which together deliver more than 23 million doses a week of their two-shot vaccines. There have been no significant safety concerns about either of those vaccines. Nearly all of the vaccinations given in George County have been either Pfizer or Moderna products.