Loudoun Pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccinations

Following the recommendation of federal health officials, Loudoun County and the Commonwealth of Virginia on Tuesday suspended use the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pending the results of an investigation into rare but dangerous side effects possibly associated with the vaccine.

According to the county health department, approximately 2,840 people were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Loudoun County’s vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 17. All of those doses will be replaced with the Pfizer vaccine. According to the county, everyone who is impacted by the change will be contacted directly by the Health Department.

Loudoun County will continue its vaccination efforts using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

The federal Food and Drug Administration recommended pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee reviews a possible side effect from the vaccine. According to the CDC, as of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the United States. Federal agencies are reviewing six reported cases in the U.S. of a rare and severe type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, or CVST, in people after receiving the vaccine. All six were women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination.

For people who have already received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC and FDA have emphasized that the possible side effect from the vaccine is extremely rare. However, people who have received the vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider, or call 911 if it is an emergency.

Pre-register for a vaccination appointment at vaccinate.virginia.gov.

6 thoughts on “Loudoun Pauses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccinations

  • 2021-04-14 at 11:23 am

    Here’s the list of local health jurisdictions that are ahead of Loudoun in the all-important “fully vaccinated” statistic:

    Frederick County
    City of Winchester
    Fauquier County
    Fairfax County
    City of Fairfax
    Arlington County
    City of Alexandria

    There are jurisdictions in Virginia that have over 30% of their residents fully vaccinated. The Statewide average is over 22%.

    Loudoun is mired at under 19%.

    We deserve better.

    • 2021-04-19 at 10:34 am

      UPDATE for 19APR2021

      Not only does Loudoun continue to trail the statewide “fully vaccinated” rate, we are actually falling further behind each day.

      VIRGINIA = 25.0%

      Loudoun = 21.3%

      All jurisdictions in northern Virginia are ahead of Loudoun, with the exception of Prince William.

      There is a vast swath across the state which is racing toward 40% fully vaccinated.

      Why does Loudoun continue to be such a miserable failure on this vaccination project. This should be the NUMBER ONE issue that each and every “leader” in this county is thinking about and working on.

      Not murals.
      Not enemy lists.
      Not public unions.
      Not defunding law enforcement.
      Not finding new and creative ways to push taxpayer money to their favored constituents.

      We the people of Loudoun deserve so much better.

  • 2021-04-14 at 5:33 pm

    I really expected better of Loudoun. Really? Politics over science and math?

    The CDC and FDA are recommending a “pause” in the J&J COVID vaccine distribution because there have been six cases of a rare blood clot disorder in people who had been inoculated with this one-dose vaccine. That’s six cases out of 6.8 million inoculations. Those odds amount to one in 1.13 million.
    In unrelated news, the CDC did not recommend that people remain in-doors at all times (your annual chances of being struck by lightning is 1 in 1.22 million).

    The blood clot incidents all occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48. We should note that the risk of blood clots from taking oral contraceptives is about 1 in 1,000 annually. In unrelated news, the FDA did not recommend that women stop taking oral contraceptives.

    • 2021-04-17 at 1:28 pm

      Whatever happened to, “If it only saves one life?” Double-standards are sure helpful when it comes go cognitive dissonance.

  • 2021-04-16 at 6:37 pm

    7 people had a reaction out of 7 million I will take those odds any time.
    Could it be that Loudoun would prefer to drag out the vaccination time frame to help Northam maintain dictatorial control of Virginia just that much longer!

  • 2021-04-16 at 8:35 pm

    J & J was not forced to suspend the vaccine because of 6 blood clot fatalities.

    The fatality numbers are quite a bit higher in Europe which made it an easy decision for the FDA & CDC.

    The technology used in the drugmaker’s vaccine, called an adenovirus, is used to prompt an immune response against the coronavirus. In some cases, it prompts an immune response against certain components in the blood that cause clotting.

    Either way, Loudoun LAGS.


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