Hawaii will resume Johnson & Johnson vaccinations soon, the health department said Friday after federal health officials said the benefits of the single-dose vaccine outweigh the rare risk of blood clots.
Hawaii and other states suspended single-dose vaccine use on April 13, following six cases of one in women aged 18 to 48, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rare bleeding disorders had been identified who had received the shot.
The agencies announced on Friday that a thorough safety review had been conducted, and the results gave them confidence that the vaccine was “safe and effective” in preventing COVID-19.
Federal health officials found that only 15 vaccine recipients – all women under the age of 60 – had developed the blood clots of nearly 8 million people who received the Johnson & Johnson shot.
“The FDA has determined that the available data show that the known and potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks in those ages 18 and older,” said a press release. The need for warnings about the low risk of clotting was highlighted.
The state health department quickly followed suit, saying it anticipates resumption of use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine soon after the patient screening form was updated.
The vaccine suspension, one of three that have received emergency clearance from the FDA for use in the United States, had raised concerns that it could slow the march towards herd immunity necessary to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine continues to be a valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19,” the DOH said in a statement. “Those who do not wish to wait for a Johnson & Johnson vaccine are encouraged to schedule a vaccine appointment for any of the other vaccine products as soon as possible.”
Before the announcement, the President and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii said the state had used approximately half of the 50,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine received to date.
“So we currently have 20,000 cans of J&J in safe refrigeration so that they can be used,” said Hilton Raethel in the Honolulu star advertiser’s “Spotlight” program.
The other two vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, require two doses a few weeks apart. A list of vaccine distribution clinics is available online.
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