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J & J vaccine for COVID-19 paused in Merced County



Due to extremely rare adverse effects that have been reported as a result of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine, those doses are currently being paused at Merced County clinics, including the recently-opened OptumServe vaccination site in Atwater.

To date, more than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the United States. The CDC and FDA are currently reviewing data involving six reported cases of blood clotting in individuals who received the vaccine. Read more here.

This rare side effect is associated with the J&J vaccine only and is not an issue with other available vaccines. The J&J vaccine is only being paused at this time out of an abundance of caution while officials investigate these issues and determine a best course of action moving forward.

While the J&J vaccine is on hold, various Merced County clinics will be canceled. Additional clinics will be scheduled once enough Pfizer/Moderna vaccine is secured.

The recently-opened OptumServe vaccination site in Atwater, which was administering the J&J vaccine, will be closed until further notice. Anyone who was previously signed up for a now-canceled vaccination appointment will be notified via text message of the cancelation and encouraged to sign up for upcoming clinics.

Anyone who would like to receive vaccination moving forward is encouraged to schedule an appointment

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