Sedgwick County, other Kansas counties pausing use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 8:37 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Counties across Kansas are pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The pause comes after the U.S. recommended a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced they were putting a pause to its use as well.

Kansas counties pausing the J&J vaccine

For people signed up for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week in Sedgwick County, the county is offering the Pfizer vaccine during those appointments instead. The state’s top priority is to get vaccines into arms, and while doing so, also making sure those vaccines are safe.

Sedgwick County is changing nearly 3,000 Johnson & Johnson appointments.

“The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines nave note been associated with any serious side effects, they are very effective” Sedgwick County Health Officer Dr. Garold MInns said. “We will investigate the J&J vaccine to determine if this is real or just a coincidence, but people still need to get vaccinated to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. It’s still important to go ahead. We have a safe vaccine. We have two safe vaccines.”

Sedgwick County and the state of Kansas reported zero cases connected with the rare blood clot concerns being investigated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“They are recommending anyone who has received the J&J vaccine who expresses headaches, abdominal pain, (or) shortness of breath within three weeks of receiving the shot to notify their doctor immediately,” Dr. Minns said.

If you considering waiting for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, the CDC said the paus could last from days to weeks. Doctors said it’s best to get any available vaccine sooner rather than later.

“I think it’s something that needs to be done. We need to get herd immunity,” said Sedgwick County resident Steve Howland, one of the approximate 3,000 people who were scheduled to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.

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