Statement from Cook County Health regarding the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Following guidance released this morning from the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cook County Health will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until the FDA and CDC complete their review.

Depending on the vaccine location, individuals with appointments for J&J this week will receive Moderna or Pfizer. Those who do not wish to receive the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine should call 833-308-1988 to cancel or reschedule their appointment.

Today’s appointment release, currently scheduled for 3PM, will not include appointments for Johnson & Johnson.

The Cook County Department of Public Health has asked all Johnson & Johnson partners to pause using the vaccine as well.

Cook County Health will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Following CDC/FDA guidance, individuals given the J&J vaccine who are experiencing severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the shot contact their health care provider.


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Kate Hedlin
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