Henry County Medical Center said Tuesday it is aware of the reports from the FDA and CDC to pause administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution due to six reported nationwide cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis.
A spokesman said the pause is an evolving situation that is being monitoring closely.
“Per the Tennessee Department of Health’s recommendations, we have appropriately marked the remaining Johnson and Johnson vaccine as “Do Not Use” and continue its storage in the appropriate temperature settings,” said Paula Bell, PharmD, BCPS, Director of Pharmacy at HCMC.
According to information released by the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control, patients who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and experience the following symptoms should seek medical attention with their Healthcare Provider or the nearest emergency room:
• Severe headache;
• Abdominal pain;
• Leg pain; and
• Shortness of breath.
These severe symptoms that may indicate a blood clot are being reported by the FDA to appear between one to three weeks after the vaccination, with the average presentation at nine days after the vaccination.