County Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Out of an abundance of caution, Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) is following the recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
“As public health officials, our primary concern is the health and safety of our residents,” said Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director. “While we pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we still have two other safe and effective vaccines available in our community – Moderna and Pfizer. I encourage individuals to continue to seek out vaccination clinics offering those vaccines and make an appointment as soon as it is available to them.”
Community vaccination clinics planned for this week will continue using Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. That includes homebound vaccinations and the vaccination clinic planned for this Saturday, April 17 at Camp North End.
This pause does not affect the County’s primary COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Bojangles’ Coliseum. First dose appointments at the Bojangles’ Coliseum Clinic can still be made at StarMed.Care or by calling the MCPH COVID-19 Hotline at 980-314-9400 (Option 3 for English and Option 8 for Spanish). If no appointments are available, eligible individuals may join the waitlist at MeckNC.gov/COVID-19.
MCPH continues to encourage everyone to make only one vaccine appointment. If you secure multiple appointments, please cancel any appointment you will not attend so that another eligible individual may use that appointment. To cancel appointments made at MCPH clinics or for additional questions, call the MCPH COVID-19 Hotline at 980-314-9400 (Option 3 for English and Option 8 for Spanish).
If you need transportation to your vaccination appointment, contact the Mecklenburg County Transportation System at 980-314-7600.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
Mecklenburg County vaccine providers are currently administering the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Both are safe and highly effective COVID-19 vaccines that have been issued Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. These COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone at no cost to the person receiving the vaccine, no matter whether you have health insurance.
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