Michigan to move forward with administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine after pause lifted

Vaccine recommended for people age 18 and older

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Panel voted to lift the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause and recommended its use in those age 18 and older.

After the vote, U.S. health officials lifted the 11-day pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. It means the one-dose vaccine could be administered as soon as possible.

READ: US lifts pause, allowing Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations to resume

The FDA and CDC said the vaccine will come with new warnings and revised fact sheets.

Now the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is recommending providers to resume use, vaccinating residents 18 and older.

Oakland County said people are still asking for the shot and will be distributing 4,500 doses the county had before the pause. Wayne County has 7,000 doses left and Macomb County has 7,500.

Each county will administer them to people who request it and who specifically needs the one-shot option.

The City of Detroit said it will evaluate on Monday, April 26, how to appropriately offer Johnson & Johnson.

The pause was recommended by health officials on April 13 after reports of six cases of a rare blood clot.

Out of the nearly 8 million doses given, there have been 15 confirmed cases of the rare blood clots, including three deaths. All of the cases have been in women, but the CDC stressed that it doesn’t mean there is no risk for men.


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