Monument Health pauses administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The world seems to be on a break from the Johnson & Johnson covid vaccine. The CDC has called for a pause of the one-dose vaccine based on reports of blood clots in six people in the U.S.

Monument Health and other providers globally have stopped using it while still touting the efficacy and safety of the other vaccines. As of now 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the United States with only 6 people reporting blood clots.

Making an occurrence like this extremely rare and low risk for those who have already received that vaccine.

Dr. Shankar Kurra, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Monument Health said “99.9% precisely that number of folks don’t need to worry if you got this vaccine. Its that 0.01% unfortunately can have a rare side effect of blood clot.”

Monument Health has given 3,500 Johnson & Johnson vaccines with no blood clots being reported.

“Typically between day 6 and day 20 after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine people have had these rare blood clots. So in that time period and typically its also woman under the age of 50. So if you are in that category and you are developing symptoms anywhere from 6 to 20 days after the vaccine, you should immediately go to the Emergency Department and they can make the diagnosis and treat you.”

Although 1 of the 3 vaccines at Monument Health is put on pause the other two vaccines are still available. Health officials want the public to know that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe and vaccinations will continue to move forward in the Black Hills.

“At least 1 and 2 South Dakotans has received at least 1 dose. And 1 and 3 South Dakotans has completed the series of vaccines so we are on good pace. We need to get the state to at least 80% vaccination community wide so that we can stop this disease.”

As of right now Dr. Shankar Kurra believes we are on pace to reach that 80% threshold by June or July of this year.


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