Following experts’ advice, Hudson County halting J&J vaccines … for now

Following guidance from the CDC, FDA and the State of New Jersey, Hudson County will pause administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution.

For the remainder of the week, the USS Juneau Center will continue to vaccinate residents as scheduled utilizing its supply of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The decision to suspend the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will not impact operations at the county-run site in Kearny.

“After reviewing the new information released from the CDC and consulting with our own experts, Hudson County has decided to proceed with caution and suspend administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise said. “Our vaccination site at the USS Juneau Center remains open for all eligible residents who will continue to be cared for under the watchful eye of the Hudson Regional Health Commission, which has done a remarkable job vaccinating our community safely and efficiently.”

None of the rare side effects that have been reported as a result of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine occurred in Hudson County.

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