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​County Continues to Provide Johnson and Johnson Vaccines


​County Continues to Provide Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

Mecklenburg County Public Health will continue administering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations after close investigation by the CDC of a limited number of reactions that were reported after administering Johnson & Johnson vaccinations did not find any safety issues or reason for concern.    

Public Health Director Gibbie Harris says there have been no concerning reports of adverse reactions to the vaccine in Mecklenburg County, and that Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) has continued confidence that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective.   

“The CDC is working with the specific community where these incidents have occurred,” says Harris. “Currently, they are not recommending that other communities stop administering any lots of the vaccines.”   

A small percentage of recipients in Iowa, Colorado, Georgia and Wake County, North Carolina have reported dizziness, light headedness, feeling faint and sweating within a few hours of receiving vaccinations at mass vaccination sites. The CDC recommends the following prevention measures: 

    • Have a beverage or snack before getting your vaccine. 
    • Sit or lie down after you receive your vaccine. 
    • Breathe slowly and deeply before getting the vaccine and think of something relaxing.  

Harris says the CDC has performed vaccine lot analyses from each incident and not found any reason for concern.    

“COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and the best way to finally put this pandemic behind us,” says Harris. “Some people will experience pain or swelling at the injection site, a headache, even fever and chills. They typically don’t last long and are signs that your body is building protection against the virus.”   

Data released by MCPH today shows that nearly 27 percent of Mecklenburg County’s total population has been vaccinated so far.  


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