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Virginia Suspends J & J Covid 19 Vaccine To Investigate Rare Side Effect

April 13, 2021

Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula On Pause in Administration of Johnson and Johnson Vaccine

The Virginia Department of Health just announced that the administration of Johnson & Johnson Covid 19 vaccination will hault until further notice. The VDH reports that a rare side effect of the drug is being investigated, so out of caution they will suspend all doses of the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine. The state will continue to administer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The VDH press release did not reveal the exact side effect being investigated.

The press release reads as follows:

We are closely monitoring the actions by the federal government to pause all Johnson & Johnson vaccinations while it investigates an extremely rare possible side effect. In Virginia, we will cease all Johnson & Johnson vaccines until this investigation is complete. If you have an upcoming appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will be contacted to reschedule that appointment.

This pause is reassuring in that it demonstrates that the systems that are in place to monitor vaccine safety are working. We look forward to a thorough review by federal health officials. Meantime, we will continue Virginia’s vaccine rollout at this time with the other two authorized vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna.

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