April 30, 2021 1:00 PM
Mississippi Resumes Johnson & Johnson One-Dose Vaccinations
Mississippi resumed the use of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine on April 28, 2021, ending a temporary pause that began on April 13.
MSDH updated its recommendations for healthcare providers administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. These recommendations include measures such as informing vaccine recipients of the risk of developing the rare blood clots that prompted the pause, and having an alternative COVID-19 vaccine available for patients who request it.
The pause recommendation was ended after an extensive safety review by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration found that only 15 of the nearly 8 million people that have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S. developed the rare blood clot.
Around 40,000 of the 90,000 Johnson & Johnson doses the state has received sat unused during the pause, according to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
In an attempt to curtail existing barriers to vaccine access, MSDH and its community health partners are working on programs to administer at-home vaccinations for Mississippians that cannot access traditional vaccination sites.