Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on pause
The Indiana Dept. of Health is proactively notifying all vaccination clinics using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to pause its use following news reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for additional review of its safety.
The state has not received official notification of a directive to pause but is doing so out of an abundance of caution.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved for Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA on Feb. 27. At that time, the vaccine had been shown to be safe and effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials involving nearly 44,000 participants from all races and ethnicities.
A mass clinic in Corydon on Saturday disbursed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
While the pause is in effect, the state health department will send the two-dose Moderna vaccine to mass clinics, like the one scheduled yesterday (Tuesday) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so Hoosiers can continue to get vaccinated without interruption.
The health department is also working with other clinics that were scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the immediate future.
As of Monday, 1,433,533 Hoosiers were considered fully vaccinated against the virus, that’s 167,404 more than the previous week.
Another 223,422 residents received their first dose of the vaccine, bringing that number of 2,018,362 in the past week.
In Harrison County, 10,074 residents are considered fully vaccinated, up 1,319 since last week. A total of 12,675 residents have received their first dose of the vaccine, an increase of 763 since the week prior.
Harrison County remains in the yellow zone, the second to lowest of four color-coded designations, as do 44 other counties. Forty-five counties are in the lowest zone, blue, while the remaining two counties are in the orange zone, the next to highest designation.
To date, a total of 19,017 individual Harrison Countians have been tested for COVID-19, an increase of 98 since last week. Of those, 4,257 have been confirmed to have had the virus, up 29 in the past week.
Statewide, 9,264,312 tests have been done for the virus, an increase of 211,121 within the past week, with 8,535 additional positive cases, bringing the total to 700,775.
An additional 83 Hoosiers have died from the virus, putting the death toll at 12,762. There were no reported deaths of Harrison County residents in the past week.
Individual ages 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Registration is required in advance for all clinics, including the one at First Capital Christian Church in Corydon, and can be completed online at https://ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211.
For more information about COVID-19 in Indiana, visit the Indiana State Dept. of Health website at https://in.gov/coronavirus.