In line with guidance from the CDC, FDA, and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District (ATCPHD) is pausing its administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine until further notice.
According to the DSHS, the pause is recommended following reports of blood clots in six individuals 6 to 13 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare and are being further evaluated to ensure vaccine safety.
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.
“I am encouraged that the organizations that we trust to continue gathering the data needed about COVID vaccine safety are committed to providing us valuable information to make these decisions,” said Dr. Annie Drachenberg, medical director for the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District.
The ATCPHD has cancelled the 4/14/21 Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic and is directly notifying individuals with a scheduled appointment of the change. Those individuals will be offered an appointment at a future Pfizer vaccine clinic. There were no other scheduled Johnson & Johnson vaccine events.
The DSHS and ATCPHD continue to monitor the situation and will share updates as they occur.