Cone Health Schedules J&J Vaccine Clinic
This is Cone Health’s first use of the single-dose vaccine since the government pause.
People wanting the J&J COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get it Wednesday, May 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Due to uncertainly around demand for this vaccine, people will need to register by phone. That can be done by calling 336-890-1188 Monday-Friday between 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
“Our experts have reviewed the data from the CDC, FDA and others and believe the J&J vaccine remains safe and effective,” says Cone Health Chief Pharmacy Officer DeAnne Brooks, PharmD. Use of the vaccine was suspended by the government April 13 after rare incidents of blood clots occurred in people who had taken the vaccine. Use was reauthorized 10 days later.
Cone Health is unaware of any blood clotting problems from the doses it has given out. “I see the pause as proof that the safety systems work,” adds Brooks. “The pause also allowed health authorities to caution doctors against using a typical clot treatment that could be dangerous and share that alternative treatments may need to be given.”
A recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds 46% of respondents saying they are at least somewhat confident in the J&J vaccine. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines earned a much more robust 69% positive rate on the same questions. However, the J&J vaccine remains the top choice for 17% of the unvaccinated.
“The findings are understandable, and we continue offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in most of our clinics,” says Brooks. “The risk of using the J&J vaccine is low, and the convenience of a one-and-done vaccination is very important to a lot of people.” The J&J vaccine provides immunity two weeks after the injection, which is a plus for many recipients.
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor – April 2021 | KFF
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