Thousands of vaccine appointments in Bucks are cancelled after the CDC recommended a pause for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The cancellations are only impacting appointments at the county-run Warwick Square mass vaccine site. A total of 2,777 appointments are cancelled over two days, Tuesday and Wednesday.
However, the other county-run vaccine clinics are still up and running. The Neshaminy Mall site and three Bucks County Community College sites only use the Pfizer vaccine.
As always, these clinics are running on an appointments only.
Following the Center For Disease Control’s recommendation, the state Department of Health issued a pause on the J&J vaccine. This pause will last at least through April 20, 2021.
A statement from the Health Department explained the pause.
“The department is taking these steps as a precaution until the CDC and FDA have time to review six incidents of rare blood clots that occurred within two weeks of receiving Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine. ”
All six blood clots occurred in women between 18 and 48 years old. These six cases are out of 6.8 million Americans who received the J&J vaccine, according to officials.
Acting Secretary of Health Allison Beam said this pause shows the federal evaluation process is working.
“The CDC and the FDA are closely monitoring vaccines for safety and effectiveness, and if there is a cause for concern, they will take action because safety is paramount. This protocol should give all Pennsylvanians confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, and individuals should proceed with getting vaccinated as soon as possible to fight the virus, particularly as our case counts rise.”
Still, the announcement may be concerning for people who have already received the J&J vaccine. The state recently completed its mission to vaccinate every public school teacher using the J&J vaccine.
The Department of Health made the following recommendation:
“If you received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine and have any health concerns, contact your health care provider. People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks of their vaccination should contact their health care provider.”