Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations paused in Illinois. Here’s some key information.

Chicago Tribune staff, Chicago Tribune
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The Illinois Department of Public Health, the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health have suspended distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following recommendations from the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after reports of six people experiencing blood clots about two weeks after vaccination, officials said Tuesday.

Suburban counties also are pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution because of the federal recommendations.

Here’s some key information:

  • 270,790 Johnson & Johnson doses have been administered in Illinois to 2.1% of the state’s population

  • Six people experienced rare blood clots after receiving the J&J vaccine. None of the cases are in Illinois.

  • Tuesday the state notified all providers to discontinue use of the vaccine, following CDC and FDA recommendations.

  • The blood clot, called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets in these six cases.

  • All six cases were among women ages 18 to 48. They started experiencing symptoms six to 13 days after vaccination.

  • The state health department says if you experience severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the J&J vaccine, contact your health care provider.

  • “Out of an abundance of caution,” Walgreens suspended use of the J&J vaccine. Jewel-Osco will also pause giving the vaccine.

  • “As supply allows,” Walgreens will reschedule appointments for vaccinations from other manufacturers. Jewel will add appointments as they become available.

  • Have an appointment at a Cook County Health location? You will receive Moderna or Pfizer instead. If you don’t want those, you should call 833-308-1988 to cancel or reschedule.