Bay Area Health Officers Urged Lifting of Ban on Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine

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Bay Area health officers released a statement on Sunday addressing the issue with the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after rare cases of blood clots to resume the use of the treatment to inoculate adults in the region.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano counties, and the city of Berkeley health officers supported the recent guidelines of the federal government to remove the ban on the COVID-19 vaccine. They said the treatment was safe and had little risk of causing the rare condition.

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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jointly announced the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation to resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The CDC said there were only 15 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 vaccine brand causing rare blood clots after nearly eight million doses administered in the country. They said that all of the victims were females.

The committee advised the lifting of the ban on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to slow the spread of the virus. They also urged the addition of a warning label to the vaccine. They said the Western States Scientific Review’s recommendation that culturally and linguistically appropriate information material in an accessible reading level should be made available.

However, the statement did not include the San Mateo County Health Department. But on Sunday, a representative said the county’s health officer agreed with the lifting of the ban of the coronavirus vaccine, NBC Bay Area reported.

Experts advised residents who have received the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to visit their primary healthcare provider if they have health concerns. Health officers said people could experience severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within the first three weeks after taking the shot.

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