Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Resumes in Dawson County

Dawson County Health Department and Glendive Medical Center will again administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after an eleven-day pause. The pause was recommended after reports of six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals following administration of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. During the pause, medical and scientific teams at the FDA and CDC examined available data to assess the risk.

The two agencies have determined the following:

• Use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine should be resumed in the United States.

• The FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.

• The FDA has determined that the available data show that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older. Out of more than 6.8 million doses administered, 15 cases of thrombosis-thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) have been reported.

• At this time, the available data suggest that the chance of TTS occurring is very low, but the FDA and CDC will remain vigilant in continuing to investigate this risk.

To schedule your Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please call Dawson County Health Department at 377-5213. Vaccine clinics are held on Fridays at Glendive Medical Center. Moderna first-dose vaccinations are no longer being given during the Friday clinics. The second doses of Moderna vaccine will finish at the May 21st clinic. If you would like the Moderna vaccine, please contact Albertson's Pharmacy.