Johnson & Johnson Appointments Paused at Greene County Medical Center

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Greene County Public Health and Greene County Family Medicine Clinic are contacting patients to pause any appointments for the COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine that are scheduled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement recommending the pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving 6 cases of blood clots. These adverse events appear to be extremely rare. People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. As with any new vaccine, health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

Appointments for the alternative vaccines, based on availability, such as Moderna and Pfizer can be obtained through Greene County Public Health by signing up at https://hipaa.jotform.com/build/210825039690153 or calling 515-386-0564. Vaccines are also available with the Greene County Family Medicine Clinic and local pharmacies.

The health and safety of our community is important. Greene County Medical Center and Greene County Public Health are in contact with patients who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. With any questions or concerns, please contact your primary care physician. As more information is released about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Greene County Public Health will keep the public informed.