Texas Halts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Rollout – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Efforts to vaccinate North Texans against COVID-19 take a new turn on Tuesday after new federal guidelines were enacted on the use of the shot made by Johnson & Johnson.
In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they are studying clots in six women who appeared 6 to 13 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. The clots have been seen in the sinuses of the brain along with reduced platelet counts – making the usual treatment for blood clots, blood-thinning heparin, potentially “dangerous”.
Efforts to vaccinate North Texans against COVID-19 take a new turn on Tuesday after new federal guidelines were enacted on the use of the shot made by Johnson & Johnson. NBC 5’s Larry Collins explains.
In the United States, more than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered, the vast majority with no or minor side effects.
The other two approved vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer make up the bulk of the COVID-19 vaccines administered in the U.S. and are unaffected by the break.
Following the announcement, vaccine providers across the state will be urged to stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
None of the previously reported cases of blood clots have occurred in Texas, where more than 500,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been given, DSHS said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) made the following statement Tuesday.
“The state of Texas is working with the federal government and vaccine providers to temporarily suspend all administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. While no cases of blood clots have been reported in Texas, we are taking reports of rare side effects seriously and are working to ensure that The COVID-19 vaccines administered in our state continue to be safe and effective. I urge Texans who experience side effects such as severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination to report to their health care providers to contact or call 2-1-1 to get a referral for a health care provider Vaccines are a crucial tool in containing the spread of COVID-19 and remain the most effective way to fight I continue to encourage Texans who are the Pfizer or Moderna – Want to get vaccines, get in touch Report to. “
According to the Department of State Health Services, Texas has not been notified of any change in vaccine distribution. About 32% of the population in Texas is at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 20% of Texas residents are fully vaccinated.
People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of vaccination should contact their doctor.
The vaccine providers are asked by the DSHS to keep the vaccine as needed and to forward all reports of patient side effects to the government record-keeping system.
If you think you’ve been injured by a vaccine, find out what to do here.
Several events were scheduled in North Texas this week where the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was administered. Below is a list of decisions and updates from vaccine providers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Texas, along with other states, is calling on COVID-19 vaccine providers to stop giving Johnson & Johnson’s single dose as federal health officials investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. NBC 5 reporter Sophia Beausoleil reports that “Pause” has an impact on efforts to vaccinate people at home.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced that Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will replace Johnson & Johnson doses due to be administered Tuesday at the Fair Park county’s mega-property.
Today it was planned to give J & J @fairpark. However, due to side effects in other locations, we will no longer be using it while @CDCgov @US_FDA is investigating safety issues. Today we open at 9 a.m. and start the day with 1500 @moderna_tx. Then let’s switch to @pfizer after thawing.
– Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) April 13, 2021
Attempts to provide COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and disabled adults in Dallas County will be suspended Tuesday.
“The city of Dallas and the Visiting Nurses Association of Texas (VNA) should start vaccinating at home today. However, on Tuesday morning, the FDA and CDC recommended postponing the distribution of the vaccine,” the city announced on Tuesday morning. “Both agencies have confirmed this practice based on coagulation incidents with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Based on these guidelines, the city will suspend the introduction of the in-home vaccine until further notice.”
“We will not be administering J&J today based on FDA / CDC guidelines. We are canceling the event this afternoon and will continue to provide Moderna in our PH Clinic for people over 60 on a walk-in basis and for all attendees of the Saturday event . ” said a city spokesman.
The Arlington Fire Department says they are following federal instructions and stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the AT&T Stadium on Tuesday. Instead, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be given to those who need to receive their second dose.
Due to recent federal guidelines, Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine will not be given today at the Community Vaccination Center at the AT&T Stadium. Second Pfizer doses will be available today for those who need a second dose. pic.twitter.com/N6H8QIDK5y
– Arlington Fire Dept. (@ArlingtonTxFire) April 13, 2021
Fort Worth & Burleson
Fort Worth and Burleson have partnered with Kroger Health to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations to Meals On Wheels customers in Tarrant County. The Fort Worth Fire Department confirmed that Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines will be on hold on Tuesday until further notice.
This is a developing story. Check back and update this page for the latest information as we learn more from COVID-19 vaccine providers in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Texas COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Texas Department of Health data shows where COVID-19 vaccines have been shipped across the state. Click a marker for information about each location. Use the plus and minus signs below to zoom in and out of the map.