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Posted on: April 26, 2021

Statement from State Vaccination Coordinator on Federal Action Regarding Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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Released by the Virginia Department of Health on April 23, 2021

(Richmond, Va.) — Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted their recommended pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following the recommendation of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that the vaccine should be cleared for use by all adults. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will follow that guidance and instruct providers across the Commonwealth that they are free to resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine immediately.

This extra scrutiny should instill confidence in the system that is in place to guarantee COVID-19 vaccine safety. As with any vaccine, we encourage individuals to educate themselves on any potential side effects and to weigh that against the possibility of hospitalization or death from COVID-19.

We encourage all Virginians to schedule an appointment to receive one of the three available free COVID-19 vaccines by visiting or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682).

Media Contact: Dena Potter, Vaccinate Virginia,


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