MAYVILLE, NY – New York State is following today’s CDC and FDA recommendation and is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine statewide immediately while these health and safety agencies evaluate next steps.
Per the CDC and FDA, any adverse events related to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine 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.
“The Chautauqua County Health Department has received and administered 807 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Of those doses, 135 have been administered since March 23,” said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director. “We do not have access to data from other vaccine providers but encourage anyone who has received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last 3 weeks and develops the symptoms described to contact their health care provider.”
The County Health Department is holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week with the Moderna vaccine at SUNY at Fredonia. A second dose clinic is being held on Wednesday, April 14 and a first dose clinic is being held on Friday, April 16.
The link to register for the first dose clinic on Friday, April 16, is posted at https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics. Those without internet service may call 1-866-604-6789 for assistance.
The state will honor all appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines today at the New York State mass vaccination sites with the Pfizer vaccine.