Cleveland Clinic Statement on FDA Recommendation to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Cleveland Clinic Statement – April 13, 2021 at 10:45 a.m.

Today the FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine following reports of a small number of patients who developed blood clots in the U.S. after receiving the vaccine. We have vaccinated approximately 1,800 individuals using the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine over the past several weeks. At this time, we have not received any reports of blood clots from our patients who have received this vaccine. We have vaccinated more than 175,000 individuals in Ohio. We have currently been allocated the two-dose vaccine made by Pfizer and are using it at our vaccination sites across Northeast Ohio. We do not anticipate that this pause will affect our vaccination program. We will continue to follow the guidance of the FDA and CDC as they complete their review.

Updated: April 12, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

As the COVID-19 vaccination process moves forward in Ohio, we continue to adapt to best serve our patients and community.  Part of this commitment includes offering the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly and safely as possible. Vaccination is an important step in controlling this pandemic.

We are now vaccinating Cleveland Clinic patients and any Ohio resident who meets the criteria outlined by the Ohio Department of Health.

 Cleveland Clinic patients and Ohio residents interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at a Cleveland Clinic vaccination site, should visit our vaccination website for more information on the process.

Cleveland Clinic offer vaccines by appointment only. COVID-19 vaccines are administered at designated vaccination clinics across the communities we serve in Northeast Ohio. No walk-in clinics are planned at this time.

Due to the limited supply and overwhelming demand, this complex vaccination program will take several months. We appreciate that many people are eager to receive the vaccine and ask for patience as we do not yet have the supply to meet this demand. Hospital vaccine allocations are determined by state and federal guidance.

We want to make sure our community has every opportunity to receive the vaccine. Appointments may also be available at other hospitals, health departments and pharmacies. For more information, please visit the Ohio Department of Health website.

For the latest info on vaccination appointments, patients can go to: clevelandclinic.org/covidvaccine

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