Apr 14, 2021 - News

What the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause means for Minnesota

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A "pause" in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines isn't expected to have a significant impact on Minnesota's vaccine rollout.

  • "We'll see about a 5% or so drop off [in supply] but it will not impact our desire and our nation-leading efforts to get 80% vaccinated," Gov. Tim Walz told reporters.

Driving the news: The FDA recommended that states immediately stop use of the one-dose vaccine following reports that six women β€” out of a pool of nearly 7 million shot recipients β€” experienced an "extremely rare" blood clot disorder within weeks of their shot. Go deeper (1 min. read)

  • The guidance, issued "out of an abundance of caution," will allow health officials to take a closer look at the data and make a recommendation for identifying and treating at-risk individuals.

Between the lines: The vast majority of doses administered in Minnesota β€” more than 90% β€” are Moderna or Pfizer.

  • Yes, but: MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm acknowledged that while the pause is a sign the public health system is working, the headlines could present more challenges for officials' efforts to overcome vaccine hesitancy.

What if means for you: If you are signed up for a Johnson & Johnson shot, the provider should reach out about postponing or rescheduling the appointment.

  • If you received yours and experience severe headaches, abdominal pains, leg pain or trouble breathing, call your doctor.

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