U.S. Call for Pause of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Vaccine
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause
- On April 13, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert recommending all Federal sites to stop using the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine immediately. They also urged all other sites to do the same.
- The recommendation is to cease use until the CDC and FDA are able to further examine safety issues. This recommendation is being made out of an abundance of caution and despite extremely low risk (see below).
- Sun River Health will follow this recommendation and stop administration of this vaccine effective immediately and until further guidance.
Why the Recommendation Was Given, Despite Extremely Low Risk
- This guidance was given after six individuals developed a rare disorder involving brain blood clots within two weeks of the vaccination. The blood clots resulted in one death.
- All of the people impacted were women between ages 18 and 48
- This is an extremely rare occurrence. To date, over seven million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered in the U.S. Far less than one percent (.00008%) of those who received the vaccine have been impacted
What Will Happen Next
- At this time, it is not known whether the Johnson & Johnson vaccine caused these blood clots
- Data will be evaluated to determine if the clotting disorders are linked to the vaccine, and to determine further guidance re the use of this vaccine
- Approximately 300,000 to 600,000 people develop blood clots per year in the United States. The particular blood clotting disorder involved in recent occurrences are extremely rare, and are known as CEREBRAL VENOUS SINUS THROMBOSIS (involves a clot in the brain)
Other Vaccines in the U.S. Not Impacted (Moderna and Pfizer)
- NO safety concerns with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been identified
- The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines work differently from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For more information on how these vaccines work, click here
If You Have Received the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Within the Last Three Weeks, Potential Symptoms to Watch For:
- Headache that worsens over several days, but may also develop suddenly
- Stroke symptoms: inability to move a limb, weakness on one side of the face, difficulty speaking, balance issues
- Change in mental status, i.e. confusion, excessive sleepiness, especially in the elderly
- Vision changes: difficulty seeing/blurring of vision
- Abdominal pain, leg pain, and shortness of breath
If any of these symptoms occur, seek help immediately by calling your local Emergency Room or 911 and letting them know you have been recently vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Remember, this condition is extremely rare, but you may watch for symptoms listed above.
For more information, please see the joint CDC and FDA Statement by clicking here.
We know there is a lot of news, talk, and questioning about the COVID-19 vaccine. Many are interested in getting the vaccine as soon as possible, and others may have some questions about the vaccine.
It is very important that everyone who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine is vaccinated. We have many resources about the vaccine that may be helpful to you (see below).
Vaccine Safety Information
How do I know the vaccine is safe?
To watch Sun River Health medical staff on why you should receive the vaccine, visit youtube.com/sunriverhealth.
The Black Coalition Against COVID—The Conversation: Between Us, About Us
El Dr Miguel A. Saldívar, especialista en infectología en Stony Brook Medicine--Lo que necesitas saber sobre las vacunas contra el COVID-19
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine
Still have questions?
All COVID-19 vaccinations will be at no cost to patients. If you do not have health insurance, there will be no charge if your only reason for coming into the health center is to get the vaccine (similar to a flu shot).
(If you are uninsured and are coming in for another reason but ask to get the vaccine aspart your visit, you will be charged for your visit according to our sliding fee scale.)
At this time, the vaccine supply is available to everyone aged 16 and up.
The vaccine is only available by appointment—there is no walk-in availability
Click here for more information on who is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
Sun River Health is prepared to vaccinate patients who are eligible to receive the vaccine according to need and risk as decided by New York State. Our ability to vaccinate patients also depends on how many doses of the vaccine we receive.
Please note that there are still a limited number of doses of the vaccine available. More appointment times will become available as soon as we have more doses. We will make sure that everyone who wants to get vaccinated will get an appointment as soon as possible.
We look forward to seeing you at your vaccination appointment soon!
Click here for information on our waiting list.
Please note that only those eligible for the vaccine at this time can join the waiting list. Joining the waiting list is not a guarantee that you will receive a vaccine. Please note that the waiting list is extremely long at this time, and very few appointments become available from the waiting list.