By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on April 13, 2021
The State of North and Dare County are heeding the guidance of the CDC and FDA, which have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) one-shot COVID vaccine after six reported cases of “a rare and severe type of blood clot” in women between the ages of 18 and 48. Thus far, nearly seven million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
An April 13 statement from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services stated that, “Our primary concern is the health and safety of all North Carolinians, which is why out of an abundance of caution, we are following the recommendations and are immediately suspending administration of Johnson & Johnson…until we learn more. Recognition of these events in a timely manner is a sign of our system working. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”
For her part, Dare County Department of Health and Human Services Director Sheila Davies told the Voice that, “We were scheduled to have a J&J vaccine clinic this Saturday. We will be offering a Pfizer vaccine clinic instead.”
Separately, Vidant Health issued a statement, saying, “Vidant planned to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week at various locations but is pausing, per guidance from the federal government. Vidant has enough Pfizer and Moderna allocation available to ensure we can accommodate vaccinations.
Importantly, Vidant has not seen any serious side effects or complications from any Johnson & Johnson doses given via our vaccination program. The vaccine offers our greatest hope in the fight against COVID-19, and we encourage people to receive their vaccine as soon as possible.”