Johnson and Johnson McLennan County COVID clinic canceled

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The Waco McLennan County Public Health District is canceling its Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Clinics for Tuesday and Wednesday.

This comes after the Center for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration placed a pause on the J&J vaccine while they investigate reports of rare adverse events.

According to the U.S FDA, over 6 million people have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine – and out of this number, there has been six reports of blood clots.

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District Public Information Officer Kelly Craine says they will also pause vaccines for now.

“We have given 950 doses, and we still have a little over 2,000 doses left that we are just holding on to,” Craine said. “[We are] gonna pause, not touch them, and wait for further direction.”

People with an appointment will be contacted to reschedule by text or email.

“How it affects us directly is stopping what we are doing, reassessing.” Craine said. “Of course we still have Moderna vaccines, and we will still have Moderna vaccine for people.”

The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday clinics will continue as planned with the Moderna vaccine. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are not part of the CDC & FDA’s investigation.

Craine says since they started administering both vaccines, they have not received reports of severe effects.

While the Health District awaits a decision from the CDC, they urge the community to still get vaccinated.

“Recognize the benefits far outweigh any concerns. We know that Moderna is safe, we know that Pfizer is safe. We have done millions of shots around the country, around the world, and have not seen any issues,” Craine said. “So you can put your trust and faith in those vaccines.”

The CDC will convene a meeting Wednesday with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to further review the cases.

Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and has experienced a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after their vaccination should contact their health care provider. 

Health Care Providers should report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System here.

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