BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Kern County Public Health has advised all local vaccine providers to discontinue use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
“The recommendation is to wait until they can find out what’s going on and what the future of the vaccine will be,” said Dina Madden, Kaiser Permanente’s chief nursing officer.
Health officials emphasized that blood clotting from the vaccine is extremely rare. You are far more likely to get clots from cigarettes or COVID.
“I think we still have so much to learn about what actually happened and if there are other diseases that could contribute,” Madden said.
To be on the safe side, several vaccination centers have changed their plans. The CSUB site was already delivering 3,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine Saturday through Monday.
“We had a vaccine planned for Friday that was supposed to be Johnson and Johnson, so we immediately panicked,” said Shannon Rieger, an LA resident.
Anyone who had an appointment with CSUB on Tuesday had the option to postpone or receive the Pfizer vaccine.
“Johnson and Johnson were nice because it was one and the same,” said Lara Heckman, LA resident. “But we are happy with every vaccine, we take everything, we just want to have a life again.”
According to Madden, CSUB expects more doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the next few days. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been put into storage.
“At this point, we’ve been refrigerating it as usual until we hear a little more about the recommendations from the CDC,” Madden said.
Johnson and Johnson vaccine can be stored for at least 30 days. Madden hopes they don’t have to throw away cans. The CDC and FDA expect the hiatus to last for a short time.
“I would only encourage people who have symptoms or have questions or concerns to contact their doctor,” Madden said.
Bakersfield College has also postponed any pop-up clinics where Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine was supposed to be given.