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Kentucky Resumes Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Following Pause

Dr. Stack says the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine can resume immediately.

Posted: Apr 27, 2021 8:23 AM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 8:33 AM

The Bluegrass State is giving health departments the go-ahead to resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, according to Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

This comes after the use of the J&J vaccine was paused throughout the country roughly two weeks ago after several US cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot were reported.

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said the decision to resume the use of the J&J vaccine throughout the state was made following guidance issued by the FDA and the CDC.

"First of all for the vaccination sites, you are allowed right away to be able to use J&J for anyone 18 and older as described in the FDA's emergency use authorization," said  Dr. Stack.

Link: CDC Advisers Recommend Resuming Use of J&J's Coronavirus Vaccine

Dr. Stack said that while leftover doses of the vaccine from prior to the halt can be used right away, the state doesn't expect to receive a new shipment until sometime in the beginning of May.

Both Indiana and Illinois will resume the single-dose shot as early as this weekend.

You can click here to hear Dr. Stack's full message on Kentucky's resumption of the J&J vaccine.


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