Kansas to resume use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Apr. 26, 2021 at 12:58 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Kansas will resume the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine following the CDC and FDA’s announcement to resume its use Friday.

Usage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused after six recipients out of the 6.8 million doses administered in the United States reported blood clots. All six recipients were women between the age of 18 and 48.

“Today, Kansas will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine,” said Kansas Governor Laura Kelly in a release. “After a brief pause and a thorough review, the CDC and FDA have determined the vaccine is safe and effective. Whether it’s the Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna, I strongly encourage every Kansan to get vaccinated as soon as they can.”

The state’s next shipment of the J&J vaccine is anticipated for May 3 with 1,700, according to the release.

According to the state’s vaccine dashboard Friday, about 3% of vaccine doses administered was the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Also according to the dashboard, 37.8% of Kansans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sedgwick County’s vaccine clinic canceled thousands of appointments at the start of the investigation, but will begin administering the single-dose shot again on Tuesday, April 27. For now, the county will only offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by appointment.

Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne said she hopes the health department will administer 4,000 single-dose shots in the next two weeks after vaccine rates suddenly hit a plateau in the county.

“Those numbers have dropped dramatically,” she said. “In regards to Pfizer, it definitely has slowed down drastically. There’s a fair amount of people that are still waiting. Those that were going to get the vaccine, I think, have definitely come out and gotten vaccinated. And then there are some that still aren’t quire sure and are just waiting.”

Vaccine hesitancy is not a new problem in Kansas, but recent headlines have created even more doubts in some communities.

On Monday, Kansas reported 493 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

The state also reported two deaths and 56 hospitalizations.

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