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Moderna and Pfizer Vaccine Being Added in Iowa in Place of Paused J&J

April 13, 2021 7:08pm

Due to the current administration pause of the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine in Iowa, the State is working with local public health and other vaccine providers to substitute Moderna and Pfizer vaccines where J&J has been allocated.

The Iowa Department of Public Health was informed that Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be suspended the next two weeks. Because the J&J vaccine represents a relatively small percentage of the allocation Iowa has received to date, IDPH says the pause is not expected to dramatically slow the pace of vaccinations in the state.

The CDC and FDA this (Tues) morning announced they are investigating a handful of cases involving people developing a blood clot days after they received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. All of the cases are in women between the ages of 18 and 48. Following that announcement, the Iowa Department of Public Health recommended that all J&J vaccine administration in the State be halted until further guidance is issued.

IDPH is not aware of any cases occurring among Iowans who have received the vaccine.

If any Iowans has received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine within the last month and develops any of the following symptoms...severe headache...leg pain...abdominal pain...or shortness of breath...they should seek medical attention immediately, either through their health care provider or urgent care.