In mid-April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chose to hit the pause button on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. After the decision was made, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommended that any vaccine provider in the state who was giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine also stop until further notice. All counties, including Black Hawk did just that.

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Fast forward to today, April 26, both the CDC and FDA have given the all clear to continue administering the single dose vaccination for COVID-19. In a press release sent to this station, the Black Hawk County Public Health issued guidance to vaccine providers in Black Hawk County to start administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccination once more.

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The vaccine was paused after reports of six cases of a very rare, but severe type of blood clot in individuals following administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In total, six cases were reported, all effecting woman aged 18 to 48. At that time, it was estimated that 6.8 million Americans had already received the Johnson & Johnson, and about 9 million more supplies shipped to vaccine sites throughout the country.

The return of the vaccine opens up more options for clinics within the county to quickly move towards fulfilling the vaccination demand. KCRG reports over 30% of Iowans are now vaccinated. Also good news from the same report, new hospitalizations are down from Friday as are those in intensive care.

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