Illinois Department of Public Health Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Illinois Follows CDC and FDA Guidance, Recommends Moderna and Pfizer Doses for Existing Appointments

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In accordance with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has paused their use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine out of caution. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type blood clot in individuals who received the J&J vaccine.

The IDPH has stopped using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six people in the U.S. reported rare and severe blood clots after receiving the vaccine.

IDPH has notified all Illinois COVID-19 providers throughout the state to discontinue use of the J&J vaccine at this time. In order to keep appointments, IDPH is strongly advising that vaccine providers use Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. 

Moderna and Pfizer comprise the vast majority of doses on hand in the State of Illinois. This week, the state’s allocation of J&J was 17,000 doses. For the week of April 18, 2021, the expected allocation for the State is 483,720 total doses. Of that total allocation, 5,800 doses were expected to be J&J.

Per the federal health authorities, people who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Patients with other clinical questions should contact their health care provider.

IDPH will continue to update the public as additional information becomes available.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder of the Local Newsreader. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and their two wild beasts.

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