Detroit Puts Pause On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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The City of Detroit’s Health Department has stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after the FDA and CDC started investigations into potential side-effects.

The J&J vaccine is being potentially linked to blood clots in six women between the ages of 18 and 48. One of whom has tragically died in Virgina.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • On Tuesday April 13, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Johnson & Johnson vaccination be stopped because of blood-clot concerns.
  • The CDC and FDA are investigating these blood clots, stating that they occur 6 to 13 days after the vaccination.
  • According to The Associated Press, clots are occurring in veins that drain blood from the brain.

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Pfizer And Moderna Swap

For those planning to attend local community vaccination events throughout the week, you can still get the first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Detroit Chief Health Officer Denise Fair said in a statement: “If you were scheduled for a J&J shot and want to keep your same appointment, you will be given the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.”

She continued: “You will receive an appointment for your second dose 3-4 weeks later. Appointments at the TCF center and Saturday community centers are unaffected by this announcement. They have always been Pfizer/Moderna.”

Across Michigan, 199,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered. With more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine given across the U.S.

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