OHA clears health officials to resume administering J&J vaccine

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Vaccinations allowed with informed decision-making in patient languages

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Health care providers in Oregon have been given the green light to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, but with verbal warnings.

Under new guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, providers must ensure patients or their caregivers are informed about the benefits and risks of the J&J vaccine in their primary language before getting a shot.

OHA added that there are nearly 125,000 doses of the J&J vaccine that were been stored at Oregon vaccination sites during the investigation into the safety of the vaccine. Federal investigators looked into the 15 cases out of roughly 8 million vaccinated nationwide who developed blood clots after receiving the J&J vaccine. Feds determined it to be safe last week and now states are restarting its rollout.

On Saturday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the reauthorization after the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup concluded that the vaccine is safe and effective as long as people are aware of potential risks. 

Washington has roughly 170,000 available doses of J&J, according to state health officials.

However, this is still a warning for those planning to take the J&J vaccine. Health officials said though very rare, there is still a risk of developing blot clots within three weeks of being vaccinated — especially for women.

“We do want to make people aware and understand the risk of the side effects especially women under 50,” said Washington State Department of Health’s Michele Roberts. “[We now have to] have a conversation with their healthcare provider before they get vaccinated.”

Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also authorized the restart of the vaccine last week.

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