ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Kodak Hawkeye parking lot COVID-19 vaccine hub in Rochester began offering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine Wednesday.
In late April, U.S. health officials lifted an 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot, after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clot.
The government uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual kind of blood clot, out of nearly 8 million people given the J&J shot. All were women, most under age 50. Three died, and seven remain hospitalized.
But ultimately, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided that J&J’s one-and-done vaccine is critical to fight the pandemic — and that the small clot risk could be handled with warnings to help younger women decide if they should use that shot or an alternative.
Local health officials say the risk of side effects do not outweigh the positives of getting the vaccine.
“I really wish that everyone who is unsure about the vaccines would take the time to have a long careful conversation with someone they trust,” said Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub Coordinator Dr. Nancy Bennett. “I think the information is irrefutable about the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. It’s really the only way we’re going to get our lives back.”
Genesee Community College and the Finger Lakes VA have also begun to administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.