Update on administration of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine

Keeping you informed about the safety review by the CDC and FDA.

Resuming administration of J&J vaccine 

Following a thorough safety review, Ohio State supports the recommendation to resume administration of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. The US Centers for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reaffirmed its recommendation to make the J&J vaccine available to all people 18 years of age and older in the U.S. ACIP reinforced that the risk of getting blood clots from the J&J vaccine is extremely low, while the benefits of receiving the vaccine far outweigh the risks. Read full statement from the FDA.

At Ohio State, we'll continue to follow these guidelines and those issued by the Ohio Department of Health regarding the distribution of all approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Why was there a temporary pause?

On April 13, and out of an abundance of caution, the FDA and CDC recommended a pause in the use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine due to the development of a rare blood clotting disorder along with low platelet counts in six (6) patients across the country who received the J&J vaccine. These patients are all females between ages 18 and 48 who had this complication between 6-13 days after receiving the vaccine. Those cases represent 6 patients out of over 6 million doses of the J&J vaccine that have been administered in the United States.

If you've received the J&J vaccine

While extremely rare, you should monitor for the following signs and symptoms 6 – 13 days after receiving your vaccine: 

  • Severe headache
  • Leg swelling (especially in only one leg)
  • Chest pain
  • New-onset shortness of breath (either at rest or with exercise)

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should:

  • Call 911 or seek emergency care (for very severe symptoms)
  • Call the OSU COVID-19 hotline at 614-688-VAXX (614-688-8299, choose option 3)
  • Call your routine health care provider for further direction

Have more questions? We've got answers. Read our COVID-19 Vaccine frequently asked questions. 

Along with following the CDC’s recommendations of masking, distancing and handwashing, we remain committed to vaccination as a critical step in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.