J&J Vaccine Paused, What That Means for Detroit

The United States health officials are requesting for the immediate halt of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine after six recipients were found to have a rare blood clot disorder, according to a published report from Local 4.


The FDA and CDC announced this morning that they are recommending the pause in the use of the J&J vaccine “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the article.

The FDA said as of April 12 more than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The FDA and CDC are looking into data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine.

“Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” reads the statement from the FDA in the article. “Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered.”

“CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases,” the FDA statement reads on. “Until that process is complete, we are recommending this pause. This is important to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for an emergency use authorization in February.

As of Monday, nearly doses of J&J have been administered in Michigan while 2.8 million doses Pfizer and 2.3 million doses of Moderna have been administered statewide. Roughly 328,700 J&J vaccine doses have been distributed to Michigan as of Monday.

Locally as of Tuesday morning, Oakland University and Detroit have both stopped their Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, according to the article.

For Detroiters who were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, keep your appointment and you will receive a Pfizer vaccine dose instead, per the article.

Appointments are required to be made in advance at 313-230-0505 to receive a COVID vaccine at one of Detroit’s Neighborhood Vaccine Week sites.

The city of Detroit is still slated to administer coronavirus vaccines to interested participating in “Neighborhood Vaccine Week” as the nation stops the Johnson & Johnson inoculations.

Throughout the week of April 12, Detroit was going to administer Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to residents.

“Based on the recommendation from the CDC and FDA, the Detroit Health Department is halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until further notice. The city has a sufficient supply of Moderna and Pfizer to vaccinate everyone who had an appointment scheduled this week at the Northwest Activity Center or the neighborhood clinics for a J&J shot,” Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair said in an emailed statement.

Participants will receive an appointment for their second dose three to four weeks later. Appointments at the TCF center and Saturday community centers are unaffected by this announcement. They have always been receiving Pfizer/Moderna vaccines.

The city of Detroit is offering free coronavirus vaccinations at eight new locations throughout the week in an effort to vaccinate residents, according to the article.

On Tuesday, vaccinations will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical Center in Detroit (17101 Hubbell Avenue, Detroit).

Vaccination appointments must be made in advance by calling 313-230-0505. Appointments are available each day this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here’s the lineup for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, April 14

Thursday, April 15

Friday, April 16

There are several location options for individuals seeking to get vaccinated in Detroit, including the city’s new walk-up vaccination clinic at the TCF Center.

Read the full story here and here.

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