Inslee, OHA OK re-authorization of J&J COVID vaccine


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a virtual press conference, Feb. 4, 2021. (TVW)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Saturday that he would re-authorize the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for use in Washington.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup concluded that the vaccine is safe and effective as long as people are aware of potential risks. The group is comprised of vaccine experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada.

“The benefits of the J&J vaccine outweigh the risks associated with it,” Inslee said. “We want to keep as many people free from COVID and out of the hospital as possible, and the J&J vaccine will help us get through this pandemic. I encourage people to get whatever vaccine is available to them. If you have questions or concerns, consult a provider to help answer questions you have.”

The announcement comes after both the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also authorized the restart of the vaccine.

The Oregon Health authority also announced Saturday night that health care providers and pharmacies may resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine if they can ensure patients or their caregivers are informed about the benefits and risks of the vaccine in their primary language.

There are around 124,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine stored at vaccination sites across the state.

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