SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New York State has stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to pause its use.
The state will be offering Pfizer vaccines in place of the Johnson and Johnson shot for anyone who had an appointment scheduled at the Expo Center at the fairgrounds.
Onondaga County is also offering Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in place of Johnson & Johnson appointments scheduled through their clinic.
Many colleges have vaccination clinics planned using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras issued a statement saying SUNY is following the recommendation and is working with New York State to receive alternative vaccines for its students. “We urge all students with appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to contact their campus or vaccination site because alternatives have already been found in some instances. Our priority will always be the health and safety of our students. We encourage any student who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is experiencing any health effects such as headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination to contact their campus or healthcare provider.”
Syracuse University says it will suspend and reschedule appointments, possibly for later Tuesday, once the school receives doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Onondaga County.
Tompkins County Health Department cancelled its “College Student Vaccination Day” which includes Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. The health department says students will receive communication from their respective institutions.
Oneida County had planned to use Johnson & Johnson for vaccinating homebound seniors and had a clinic scheduled for Tuesday at the Parkway Recreation Center. Instead of cancelling appointments, the health department will administer Moderna vaccines.
Oswego County has said it will pause the use of the J&J vaccine “out of an abundance of caution.”
“We are following the lead of these federal health agencies and pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” said Oswego County Senior Public Health Educator Diane Oldenburg. “We notified the college early this morning that today’s vaccination clinic – where the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was scheduled to be administered – is now cancelled. We will continue to administer the Moderna vaccine and have another clinic planned for this Saturday at the Fulton High School.”
Wayne County also said they will be pausing the use of the J&J vaccine, however, they don’t currently have any clinics scheduled with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Wegmans pharmacies has cancelled its administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
New York State’s Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker released the following statement Tuesday morning:
“Today the CDC and FDA issued a statement recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution. New York State will follow the CDC and FDA recommendation and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine statewide immediately today while these health and safety agencies evaluate next steps. All appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines today at New York State mass vaccination sites will be honored with the Pfizer vaccine.
“As the CDC and FDA have said, any adverse events related to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine ‘appear to be extremely rare’ and, ‘People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.’
“I am in constant contact with the federal government and we will update New Yorkers as more information becomes available.”