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Local Tribes respond to US recommendation to pause use of J&J vaccine

The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and the Redding Rancheria both released statements Tuesday after U.S. authorities recommended a 'pause' for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine administrations.

Posted: Apr 13, 2021 12:41 PM

CORNING, Calif. - The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and the Redding Rancheria both released statements Tuesday after U.S. authorities recommended a 'pause' for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine administrations.

Experts are investigating reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

RELATED: US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

"The Rolling Hills Clinic is closely monitoring the latest news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding their recommendation to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine," The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians said in a statement. "We are following the CDC and FDA guidance and are pausing our use of the J&J vaccine at this time."

The tribe said they currently have the Moderna vaccines available for patients interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. They added, they will work with the Indian Health Service to procure more vaccines to continue to serve the region.

"Our main priority is the health and safety of our patients and community members. The risk of a rare and severe type of blood clot is low with only six cases reported in 6.8 million doses administered in the U.S. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination please contact your health care provider immediately."

"We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide you with any additional patient guidance that is released by the CDC and FDA."

The Redding Rancheria Tribal Health System also issued a statement Tuesday morning. Glen Hayward, Executive Director of Health Services in conjunction with Dr. Paul Davis, the Chief of Medicine said they have put their Johnson & Johnson vaccines on hold.

“In consultation with our Chief of Medicine, we have put our Johnson and Johnson vaccines on hold until the CDC and FDA have had time to review the data. This move is out of an abundance of caution and we will switch our vaccine clinics over to the Moderna vaccine. We suspect the Johnson and Johnson vaccine pause will be removed later this week.”

Click here for more information on the CDC and FDA statement.

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