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Fewer C. Oregonians got paused single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

(Update: Adding video, comment from Deschutes County Health Services, J and J recipient)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Tina Chouinard was perfectly fine getting the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on march 31st.

"I was happy with the one-shot deal because going back for a second time was just going to be a little bit more of a problem for me," the Bend resident told NewsChannel 21 on Tuesday.

The single dose is a popular advantage of the shot, but now there's six cases of severe blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine.

"Obviously because I've gotten the vaccine I'm a tad concerned," Chouinard said.

After a recommendation from the CDC and FDA, the Oregon Health Authority told providers to hold off on the J and J shot.

Of the more than 120-thousand vaccine doses given in Deschutes County, 82,418 have been the Pfizer vaccine. 37,355 have been the Moderna.

But just 2,864 have been the Johnson and Johnson. That works out to about 2.3 percent of all vaccine doses. But that number is a little misleading because it's a one dose vaccine, 3.77 percent of all vaccinated people have gotten the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in Deschutes County.

Deschutes County Health Services says no Johnson and Johnson doses were scheduled for the clinic at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds this week, but it still leaves uncertainty.

Dr. Wil Berry, medical director for Deschutes County Health said, "I don't think we know yet what all of the implications of the pause are going to be."

Dr. Berry agreed it was right to proceed with caution.

"I'm sure the FDA and the CDC understand hitting the pause button could create a challenge around building trust in the vaccine,” he said. “But from my perspective, I'm really glad they were transparent about it, even though it's a very low number of people at this point."

Dr Berry said the county will be ready to continue administering J and J should it be un-paused. And Chouinard said it's worth the slight risk. "I am definitely for the vaccine and I think everyone should get vaccinated," she said.

Release from OHA:

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Oregon Health Authority asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately pause administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following an announcement Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The recommendation for a pause was made out of an abundance of caution, OHA said, as teams from the CDC and FDA review six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The measures announced Tuesday followed reports of six cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in women ages 18-48, with about 6.8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine administered nationally to date. Symptoms in these patients began six to 13 days following vaccination.

None of the reported cases were in Oregon, officials said.

The CDC is convening its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday to review data at a public meeting.

This pause in vaccination is recommended until ACIP and FDA reviews are completed.

The blood clotting cases, reported in about one per million administered Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, were identified in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which tracks vaccine safety monitoring nationally.

People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

Health care providers statewide have been asked to report adverse events to the VAERS online tracking system.

The CDC and FDA statement reminds health care providers that the administration of heparin, normally used to treat blood clots, may be dangerous in the setting of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, and alternative treatments should be given.

As of Monday, 85,148 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses have been administered in Oregon and 213,300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine delivered to vaccine sites statewide. The vaccine has been delivered to pharmacies, outpatient clinics, federally qualified health centers, local public health authorities and health systems.

A copy of the joint CDC and FDA announcement can be found here.

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  1. Vaccines that are rushed might not be safe? Gee, who woulda thought. Lmao. Idiots rushing to get their vaccines deserve whatever happens to them

    1. More than 4 million shots of J&J have been given. 6 women under the age of 48 had a problem with blood clots. 576,000+ people in the US have died because of this virus and many that get it and survive are experiencing long term health problems. Idiots that don’t get vaccinated, as you say, “deserve whatever happens to them.”

      1. Ahhhh Martha, you should do your homework! These mrna vaccine’s recode your DNA and can never be reversed! Why would anyone in their right might shoot themselves up with a drug that has little research for an illness with a 99.8% survival rate? Please due your due diligence! I wish you the best of luck!

          1. Not sure where the Q conspiracy is in the comment, since only easily researchable facts were stated. You may want to checked for Covid psychosis.

        1. Well, when you do your homework and it is wrong like you so frequently are……The current death rate is 1.8% in the US which might be getting higher since the new variant which is become more widespread has a higher fatality rate. However when this all started, the death rate was higher because of the great unknown of how treat this virus. But thanks to the many smart doctors (that do not listen to Fox News), they have developed better treatment options to reduce the death rate of the virus. And guess what…those treatments are drugs that come from the same drug companies that also produced the vaccine. Your statistics are just regurgitated fake news from right wing media like Fox News. But like what Martha said, misinformed and idiots get what they deserve.

    2. Admittedly, we live 20 miles outside of town so our daily interaction with people is very small, which will naturally limit our exposure. But, I’ll still get a vaccine mostly to help protect my parents (or other people’s loved ones) who are in a much higher risk category. This particular blood clot issue appears to have impacted 6 ppl out of 7,000,000 J&J vaccines administered so far. I’m not a math whiz, but that would appear to be a 0.000086% chance. Everyone else has a sore arm or is tired for a day. Chances of having covid complications is still much higher (exponentially) than that, even if it is also still low. Point is, this “pause” isn’t some kind of smoking gun that the vaccines are somehow worse than the actual virus itself. I don’t disagree that some people might be scared of the vaccines, but with tens of millions of doses administered across all vaccines so far, there really have been very low instances of any real negative issues. I view getting the vaccine as doing my part to protect others, not myself.

      1. I knew this was coming, that vaccines are developed from embryonic stem cells but I’m a granny killer because I won’t get the vaccine. If granny has been vaccinated, why do you care if I am?

          1. Who’s science is the one to listen to? Only the one you have chosen to believe? There is no alternative? ALL true scientists are open to an alternative, even when they are actively trying to prove their own position.

            1. I follow the consensus of scientists, hundreds of smart people is usually better than a few smart people! It’s never perfect, but we go with current science until proven otherwise!

            2. It’s “whose” not “who’s”. Every scientist is open to alternatives. When we come to agreement on generally established knowledge and procedure though, we rarely entertain the fringe theory latched onto by uneducated laypeople.

      2. The problem with your statement is that the “vaccine” is not really a vaccine…it is gene therapy. It WILL NOT protect you from Covid, it WILL NOT keep you from passing it on. What it will do (maybe) is lessen your symptoms. But it will put you in the camp with all the other good little sheep following the leader over a cliff. Maybe that is for you, but not for me…and if you get the vaccine, you will be protected from me…right? You and others like you need to do a lot more research before putting this poison in your bodies.

        1. It absolutely 100% is NOT gene therapy. You are sadly uninformed. Seriously. Many media sources have done an excellent job of explaining how the mRNA vaccines work. Look it up. Take a basic biology class. Perhaps you can’t read? Is that the problem?

    3. Anyone who takes medical advice from a random person here deserves whatever happens. Ask YOUR doctor, don’t listen to the nuts here.

    1. Well so far, they seem to be finding out that they work. I’m not a medical person, but my understanding is that the process behind the vaccines has been in development for several years. They didn’t just start on vaccine technology on day 1 that they saw the first case of covid. So although the overall process was accelerated, it is still based in a longer term process that was intended to be used for this type of virus or other viruses. We’re actually pretty lucky that covid is overall pretty mild for many people. If this was a full blown plague situation where it was killing 10%, 25%, 50% of people we’d probably be singing a different tune.

  2. Less than 1%, nothing to see here (that will be the spin). But, since I am in contact with very few people and I’m following all the precautions, my chances of getting the virus are probably lower than that. No vaccine for me.

        1. Why is so hard for you people to accept that we now have supercomputers out there that can put together a vaccine and assimilate the effects on the human body in a short period of time? I guess it’s easier to believe that the bogeyman is out to get you and change your DNA.

          1. Wow, now that’s the dumbest comment you’ve made yet. There is no supercomputer that can accurately project the long term outcome of this vaccine. Computers need input first and the data isn’t there yet.

            1. A supercomputer that speeds up time to see what it does on the human body? That is just brilliant and about the dumbest thing I have heard in awhile. Nice work Martha.

            2. They’ve been researching vaccines for coronaviruses all over the world for the last twenty years. There’s plenty data and that’s one of the reasons we got one so fast.

            1. What’s funny is blood clots can go unnoticed. My grandfather had one that went undetected for years from a stroke that only made him feel like he was sick for a day. It wasn’t until it caused a blockage in his heart that made the doctors catch it

    1. I hear you. I live in a rural area and was barely seeing people before this thing so my chances are also low. But don’t get the vaccine for you. Get it for others who would have much worse outcomes – like my parents in their 70s who have heart issues. If you’re in a lower risk category that’s great, but it still helps the overall situation if you get the vaccine, too. This used to be the way that Americans viewed issues, by coming together to help each other. If this were the 1940s, we’d be lining up patriotically to help each other.

      1. If this was the 1940’s they would not have been allowed to use aborted fetal tissue to grow the cells that made this vaccine exist. Nice try.

        1. I wouldn’t put 1940s medical ethics on a pedestal, and I sure wouldn’t bet they would not have studied and used lines of cells that originated in the Netherlands in 1973 and 1985 if they had the technological know-how. Mere speculation either way.

      1. I’m pretty sure that herd immunity means being exposed and potentially getting a disease on ones own without the so-called vaccines of any kind. Thus the herd gradually gains immunity.

    1. “I hope everyone remembers when they’re getting the Covid-19 (often referred to as the ***** Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn’t president, you wouldn‘t be getting that beautiful ‘shot’ for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn’t be getting it at all. I hope everyone remembers!” Former President Donald J. Trump, March 20201

      1. Actually Sharp… (often referred to as the ***** Virus)… Nobody refers to it as the “***** Virus”… That is solely a Barney Lerten personal bias- not promoted by anybody. Which all comes on the heels of two stories tonight “bashing” Asian nations Japan and South Korea- one by CNN and the other by the AP… Z21 just couldn’t resist !

  3. Leaving total numbers aside, less than 1% of people who get the virus die. Less than 1% of people who go the J & J vaccine have shown complications. Yet, some will say the reaction to one has been overblown while the other is some kind of catastrophe. Hold on tight, here comes the hypocrisy.

        1. Given historical human mortality rates, many of us (including you) may very well be here today solely because humans “played God.” There are better ways to control the over population issue than relying on viruses to do it for us.

      1. With a total population of 400 million, 3.3 million is less than 1%. and most of them had underlying health conditions. So tell me why I should be hysterical about this mutated flu/cold?

      1. Civil liability protection for vaccine manufacturers has been around since 1988. See 42 U.S. Code § 300aa–22 – Standards of Responsibility. It is yet to be determined if the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program or Vaccine Injury Compensation Program will cover COVID vaccines.

  4. Big Pharma is the biggest lobbyist in DC. What could go wrong. Politicians used our tax dollars to fund this poison and then give them immunity because they are considered “emergency use”. What could go wrong. Uniparty politicians then get their pockets lined by big pharma for giving them the funding to do this! 99.97% will not die and yet because of our corrupt corporate media, people are scared into oblivion and think this is the only way they will survive! Hitler and his regime would be proud how Americans have turned into sheep!

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