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NCDHHS Pauses Administration Of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine


The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is asking vaccine providers across the state to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six reported U.S. cases of potentially dangerous blood clots were reported in women who received the J&J shot. None of the six cases occurred in North Carolina.

“It’s important to note that the vast, vast majority of people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will only experience the expected temporary reactions, like the soreness of an arm or feeling tired for a day or two,” said NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said Tuesday.  “Mild headaches and flu-like symptoms in the first few days after a vaccination can be expected, and are not associated with this more severe concern.”

During a news briefing, Cohen said individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of their vaccination should contact their healthcare provider. As of last night, North Carolina providers had administered 242,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

NCDHHS released the following statement Tuesday:

"Our primary concern is the health and safety of all North Carolinians. Out of an abundance of caution, we are following the recommendations of the FDA and CDC and have paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until we learn more. The safety system in place is working as it should. If you have an appointment for Pfizer or Moderna, please go to your appointment as planned. If you have an appointment for Johnson & Johnson, your appointment will be rescheduled."

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.