Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine has been suspended, hundreds of Bakersfield appointments have been canceled
BAKERSFIELD, California – Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine is suspended as federal officials investigate side effects reported in other states.
According to our local health authorities, there won’t be a major impact on vaccine eligibility. However, hundreds of vaccine appointments across Kern County were canceled Tuesday due to the hiatus.
“Obviously we have asked all Johnson and Johnson vendors in their portfolio to temporarily suspend Johnson and Johnson vaccines,” said Michelle Corson of Kern County Public Health.
This is the case after six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed blood clots, one of which was killed several days after receiving the vaccine from Johnson and Johnson. The rare side effects prompted the FDA and CDC to recommend a hiatus on Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine, after which more than four million doses have been administered nationwide, according to the CDC.
“We are fortunate to have an abundance of modern and Pfizer products to offer our residents,” said Corson.
Michelle Corson of Kern Public Health says more than 363,000 doses of vaccine had been administered in Kern County as of April 11. Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine makes up less than 5% of that.
“We speak to our providers regularly. In order to answer the question specifically with Johnson and Johnson, we are not aware of any side effects on site.”
While no side effects were reported locally on Johnson and Johnson, the effects of the recent break resulted in some headaches in Kern County. 23ABC confirmed with more than 20 local pharmacies including CVS, RiteAid and Walmart that they had to cancel all vaccine appointments on Tuesday as they only carry the Johnson and Johnson cans. CVS, RiteAid, and Walmart pharmacy locations that offered other types of vaccines were not added to the list.
According to Corson, the district’s mass vaccination station on the exhibition grounds will not be affected.
“We only offered the Pfizer vaccine. So our activities are unchanged, as are many local suppliers.”
More than a quarter of the providers listed on Kern County Public Health’s website do not currently offer vaccination services because they only carry the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The FDA said its investigation could take a few days and it is currently unclear whether these providers will receive other types of COVID vaccines.
The governor has said in recent weeks that he wants to fully reopen the state by mid-June.
According to the governor, this will not affect this schedule. The governor said there are an abundance of modern and Pfizer vaccines in the state, and plans to reopen the state in mid-June are still looking good.