PHMDC to resume use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at clinic

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 3:16 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be used on Wednesday at Public Health Madison & Dane County’s vaccine clinic, the agency announced on social media Tuesday.

In a tweet, PHMDC explained that the Department of Health Services is resuming the use of the vaccine.

U.S. health officials lifted the 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot on Friday, after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clot that was found in 15 vaccine recipients out of 8 million people. All were women, most under age 50. Three died, and seven remain hospitalized.

SSM Health and UW-Health officials told NBC15 despite the pause, patients are still requesting the J&J vaccine at high rates.

“I thought there’s no question. I’m going to get the vaccination when it’s available,” Jon Morrison, Wisconsin resident said.

Morrison said the Johnson and Johnson shot had his name on it.

“The simplicity of just having one jab instead of two, not having to worry about scheduling a second vaccination like with the other two vaccines,” he said.

Morrison got his J&J shot on Tuesday after the pause was lifted on the vaccine.

“I thought the odds of anything happening are pretty remote,” he said.

The message from local health officials is that the vaccine is safe, and people should feel comfortable getting the Johnson & Johnson shot.

“We don’t have a significant concern about that Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” Dr. Pothof explained on Sunday.

Dr. Pothof told NBC15 in an interview Tuesday, long-term effects from the vaccine should not be a concern. Based off of prior research, he said if there are any negative vaccine side effects, they’ll happen quickly after the injection.

“In vaccine science, we don’t see things that happen 10 years later, five years later or three years later. That just doesn’t happen,” he said. “We inject material that stimulates your immune system, and when your immune system gets stimulated, either it creates that immune response and everything else is fine or bad things start to happen.”

He said it’s a no-brainier, good things happen when you take a shot at the vaccine.

“They prevent you from dying of covid, they’re likely your ticket to life getting back to normal,” he said.

The CDC has also said that a review of the vaccine shows its potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only takes one dose to have completed a vaccine series, so those who get this brand would be considered fully vaccinated in two weeks.

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