Local Public Health and Healthcare Support New Guidance to Continue Use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine – April 26, 2021

On Friday, April 23, 2021, CDC and FDA lifted the pause on the use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, following a vote by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to reaffirm its recommendation to make the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine available to all people 18 years of age and older in the U.S. under FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).  ACIP reinforced that the risk of getting blood clots from the Janssen vaccine is extremely low and that the benefits of receiving the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risks.  The public should have great confidence in our federal regulatory system which quickly identified the need to closely evaluate the situation and update the Emergency Use Authorization of this vaccine.

We applaud the work of the ACIP for their objective review of the data as well as the scientific expertise from our other federal partners. Here in Franklin County and across Central Ohio, providers will continue to follow these guidelines and those issued by the Ohio Department of Health regarding the distribution of all approved COVID-19 vaccines.

In Ohio almost 4.5 million vaccine doses have been administered with just over a half million in Franklin County. The vaccines have demonstrated remarkable effectiveness and safety. As several variants of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, have now become more prevalent in our community and across the state, we strongly encourage all residents 16 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  There are plenty of vaccination opportunities available in our community. More information about the vaccines and vaccine scheduling can be found on our individual websites.