RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Local vaccination events scheduled this week using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have had to alter their plans quickly following news of unusual clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after a J&J vaccination.
The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48. To date, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
Virginia’s Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula announced Tuesday that the state would be pausing all J&J vaccines until U.S. health authorities finish investigating the blood clot reports.
The following vaccination events will now administer the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines following the state’s decision to pause the administration of J&J vaccines:
- Petersburg vaccination event at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 13
- Chickahominy Health District event at Ashland Junction clinic on Tuesday, April 13
- Petersburg vaccination event at Crater Square on Wednesday, April 14
- Dinwiddie County vaccination clinic at Eastside Community Enhancement Center on Thursday, April 15
- New Kent County vaccination clinic at New Kent High School on Friday, April 16
- Dinwiddie County vaccination clinic at Eastside Community Enhancement Center on Wednesday, April 21
The Crater Health District had a J&J vaccine event scheduled this morning. The director of the health district Dr. Alton Hard said that after the announcement, they began telling people they would be receiving Moderna instead of Johnson and Johnson.
“We’re just so appreciative of being able to have in our inventory the Moderna that allowed us to really pivot today. Otherwise, we would have really had a challenge,” Dr. Hart said.
“This is a huge blow because we saw the use of the J&J as a significant opportunity to really increase our vaccination efforts here. So this is very concerning for our vaccination efforts,” Dr. Hart said. “This has been a really important part of our inventory so it really will impact us the rest of this week. We had a lot of events that we were planning to conduct this week related to the Johnson & Johnson.”
The Crater district leaders said the team will be meeting later Tuesday to discuss how they will carry out upcoming vaccine clinics.
Originally, the Chickahominy Health District had scheduled three events, the Ashland Junction vaccine clinic, the New Kent High School vaccination event and a special event for college students at Randolph Macon College.
Chickahominy Health District Director Dr. Thomas Franck said they had enough J&J vaccine for those events but given the pause, they should be able to vaccinate using the Moderna vaccine.
Hanover Deputy County Administrator Jim Taylor said that over 500 people were scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine at the Ashland Junction Clinic Tuesday afternoon.
Richmond and Henrico Health Districts said people who were scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine at one of their upcoming small or mobile vaccination events do not have to reschedule. They will be offered one of the other authorized vaccines at their appointment.
RHHD said they will also pause programs like vaccinating homebound residents and walk-up vaccinations for seniors because these programs relied on the one-dose J&J vaccine.
If you have an upcoming appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you will be contacted to reschedule your appointment.
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