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The City of El Paso makes an announcement regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 recommendation from the CDC

Euri Giles | Clareifi

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City officials released a statement on the Johsnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. According to the message released on social media:

The City of El Paso has stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following today’s recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The news comes on the heels of reccomendations from both the CDC and the FDA in regards to rare yet severe cases of blood clots found in a small number of recipents whe recieved the vaccine.

The city went on to say:

The pause is recommended due to 6 cases of a very rare condition involving blood clots. The recommendations given by FDA and CDC are not uncommon and are made in abundance of caution, to review data, and determine whether the vaccine is responsible for this rare condition

The City of El Paso wants residents to know that:

None of the cases of blood clots reported at this time have occurred in El Paso, nor in the State of Texas. To date, the City has administered 1,244 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

The CDC urged individuals who got the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the last 3 weeks to seek urgent medical care if they develop symptoms such as:

1. Severe headache

2. leg swelling

3. shortness of breath.

The CDC went on to make reccomendations for those who have not yet recieved the COVID-19 vaccine, but have been scheduled to recieve the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - stating:

If you are scheduled to get the J&J/Janssen #COVID19 vaccine, please work with your vaccination provider to reschedule to get another COVID-19 vaccine. Two other COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech & Moderna, are authorized and recommended for use.

Regular COVID-19 updates for El Paso, TX can be found on the city's - epstrong.org website.

As of April 14, 2021 - data from the Texas Department of State Health Services indicated that the number of people vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in El Paso County, TX is 325,005.

The number of people in El Paso County who had been fully vaccinated currently stands at 203,297 which represents 24.27% of the population.

Since March 29, 2021 - All Adult El Pasoans are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine where available.

City efforts to make the COVID-19 vaccine easily accessible to El Pasoans have been an ongoing priority using a phased approach. City officials have not yet commented on availability issues that may arise from the Johnson & Johnson suspension of vaccine availability.

As more El Pasoans are trying to register to receive the available COVID-19 vaccines the City of El Paso is working to make sure that citizens are aware of the available resources, as well as city and countywide restrictions that remain in place.

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large enough quantities of vaccine are available. The available vaccine supply had been steadily increasing as drug companies; Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson had been working to meet the demand by increasing production.

Locally in El Paso, the city continues its efforts to ensure that all El Pasoans can easily get to testing and vaccination centers by offering free bus rides.

Sun Metro - The City of El Paso bus service continues to offer free rides to COVID-19 vaccine sites.

The concern about a surge in cases due to the recent Easter holiday did bring a leveling out of the number of hospitalizations, fatalities and new cases of COVID-19.

El Pasoans are reminded that even after they have received either the single-dose vaccine or the second and final dose they are not considered fully vaccinated until after two weeks have passed.

We are all encouraged to continue to make smart decisions. Wear a mask, practice social distancing when in public, wash your hands and:

Stay healthy El Paso!

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