The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, as of April 12, nearly 7 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The agencies are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority; the CDC has asked health care providers to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
The AMA is closely monitoring developments and will provide additional information and resources once available.
April 23, 2021
April 13, 2021
- CDC publishes action steps for clinicians: Cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia after Receipt of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
- CDC and FDA release a joint statement on reviewing data regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
April 13, 2021
In the latest "COVID-19: What Physicians Need to Know," webinar, Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at FDA, joins AMA President Susan R. Bailey to discuss the most up-to-date COVID-19 vaccine information, including the recent paused distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
April 16, 2021
Susan Bailey, MD, AMA president, recaps her discussion with Peter Marks, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, which covered the most up-to-date information on the rollout of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals vaccine and the other FDA-approved vaccines for COVID-19.
April 15, 2021
Dr. Sandra Fryhofer—the AMA liaison to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the AMA’s representative on the COVID-19 vaccine work group—provides a quick and comprehensive look at the emerging details regarding the J&J/ Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, and what physicians need to know about the vaccine pause.
- What doctors wish patients knew about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
- J&J vaccine and brain blood clots: What physicians should know
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