The Gallatin City-County Health Department has received a lot of questions regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after the FDA and CDC called for an "immediate pause" in the administering of the vaccine.

Six cases of a very rare but severe blood clot have been reported within two weeks of receiving the one-dose vaccine in the United States, according to CNN.

Click here to read a joint statement from the FDA and CDC regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

The Gallatin City-County Board of Health released the following information regarding the impacts in Gallatin County.

According to Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley,

  • Johnson and Johnson allocation to Gallatin County as of April 12: 2,800. Gallatin County received a large shipment of 1,500 doses of Janssen that arrived the week of April 5. In total, Gallatin County received 5,510 doses of both Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen the week of April 5marking the largest vaccine shipment so far.
  • Total vaccine allocation as of April 12 to all Gallatin County: 39,015
  • Percent of Gallatin County’s total vaccine allocation that is Johnson & Johnson: ~7%

The pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine did create some logistical issues that the health department says they can work around.

Doses of Moderna were sent to West Yellowstone this morning (April 13), so they could hold a clinic that had been planned for using Johnson & Johnson. The Gallatin City-County Health Department is working with MSU to get them another version of the vaccine so they can hold planned vaccination clinics.

Overall, the Johnson & Johnson vaccines makes up about 7 percent of the total state allocation in Gallatin County. The health department feels confident in its ability to adjust and keep shots going in arms.

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