SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Both federal and state officials have recommended pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The decision from the CDC and the FDA came Tuesday morning, after multiple people developed blood clots. Missouri health leaders have also decided to pause the vaccine in the state until further notice.
On Tuesday afternoon, leaders from both the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Springfield City Council addressed concerns and answered questions regarding those who have already received the J&J vaccine.
Katie Towns, the acting SGCHD Director, says she still encourages people to get vaccinated.
The Health Department says approximately 7,000 people in Greene County received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. That number includes the 6,100 that received the J&J vaccine during the Health Department’s mega vaccination clinic at Missouri State University April 8-April 9.
Zero Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients in the Springfield-Greene County area have reported blood clotting issues.
According to the Springfield-Greene Health Department, “Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the COVID-19 Mega Vaccine Event will receive an email or letter from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in the coming days with more information. In the meantime, those with questions or concerns are encouraged to speak with their doctor or call our COVID-19 Call Center at 417-874-1211.”
What symptoms should you look out for if you received the J&J vaccine?
- Severe headache
- Abdominal pain
- Leg pain
- Shortness of breath
- Leg swelling
- Petechiae or new or easy bruising
The CDC has already confirmed that some side effects from any of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are normal – they could be signs that your body is building immunity. Common side effects include pain and swelling in the arm that got the shot, as well as fever, chills, fatigue, and even headaches.