BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Local and state institutions are adjusting after the CDC and FDA advocated for pausing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Ochsner Baton Rouge and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System have acted swiftly to stop the use of the vaccine in their facilities.
Ochsner Baton Rouge released this statement about the decision:
Today, CDC and FDA recommended healthcare providers pause administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. This decision was made so that reports of a rare blood clot could be investigated. Although this side effect is exceptionally infrequent – impacting six patients out of 6.8 million doses given – use of this vaccine is being paused out of an abundance of caution until more information is available.
Based on the CDC and FDA recommended pause, Ochsner Baton Rouge will not administer the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine until further notice.
No public vaccine events were actively scheduled in Baton Rouge using the J&J vaccine.
The safety of our patients and community is our highest priority. While we have not seen any of our patients experience this type of reaction, we took immediate action upon learning of this guidance. We have adequate supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
The Ochsner Baton Rouge Vaccine Clinic (1770 Physicians Park Dr.) is open this week on Wednesday (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) administering the Pfizer vaccine.
Upcoming community events will administer Pfizer on Wednesday at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (4000 Gus Young Ave.) and Friday at C.B. Pennington, Jr. YMCA (15550 Old Hammond Hwy.) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., both days. The Moderna vaccine will be available at the Iberville Parish Health Unit (24705 Plaza Dr. A, Plaquemine) from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., on Thursday.
The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System followed soon after with a statement as well:
“Upon the CDC recommendations and in consultation with the Louisiana and Mississippi Departments of Health, we have immediately halted use of the J&J vaccine. FMOLHS will continue to use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for all vaccine activities. Safety continues to be the top priority as we expand vaccine distribution to as many as possible in the fight against COVID-19.”