Health department to resume using J&J vaccine

In this March 3 file photo, U.S. Army medic Kristen Rogers, of Waxhaw, N.C., holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in North Miami, Fla. With the U.S. pause of the vaccine, authorities are weighing whether to resume the shots the way European regulators decided to -- with warnings of a

In this March 3 file photo, U.S. Army medic Kristen Rogers, of Waxhaw, N.C., holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in North Miami, Fla. With the U.S. pause of the vaccine, authorities are weighing whether to resume the shots the way European regulators decided to -- with warnings of a "very rare" risk. New guidance is expected late Friday, April 23, after a government advisory panel deliberates a link between the shot and a handful of vaccine recipients who developed highly unusual blood clots. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

LAKE COUNTY — The District Health Department No. 10 will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in its 10-county jurisdiction.

The health department, this week, announced it will follow recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to resume following a two-week pause.

On April 3, the FDA, CDC and MDHHS recommended a complete pause while experts conducted a thorough safety review after reports of an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome in some people.

The government uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot out of nearly 8 million people given the J&J shot, the Associated Press reported.

The FDA and CDC stated they are confident the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19 and determined the available data show the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.

Prior to the pause, a total of 111 doses were administered in the DHD’s jurisdiction, and of those, zero were in Lake County.

The J&J vaccine received emergency use authorization from the FDA in late February with hopes that its single-dose and relatively simple storage requirements would speed vaccinations across the country.

To schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.dhd10.org/schedule.