San Diego County is set to resume administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination following a 13-day pause.
The Centers for Disease Control gave the OK to resume after investigating several instances of blood clots in people who were given the vaccine.
The state of California gave it’s OK to resume the vaccines late Saturday night. As of Monday, providers and clinics in San Diego County were set to once again begin injecting the shots starting Tuesday.
The county public health department, however, said there are still a limited amount of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available right now – about 12,000 doses — that will be targeted toward specific groups.
“The county’s J&J vaccines will be used for foot pods, home-bound vaccinations, mobile events, agricultural workers and closed events like those for disabled individuals who face challenges when leaving their homes,” a county representative said on Monday.
At the Chula Vista vaccination super station on Monday, many people receiving doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had differing opinions about the resumption of the Johnson & Johnson shots.
“My whole family recommended me not to get it just because of everything that was going on,” El Cajon resident Ben Taft said. “I didn’t feel comfortable. Now that it’s coming back out, I don’t really know. I got the Pfizer because I felt comfortable. My family said it was safest out of all of them.”
“I’m very satisfied with Moderna, but my mother is still in need of her vaccine shot, and I’m thinking that I’m going to get her the Johnson & Johnson shot because it’s just a one-shot and then I won’t have to worry about bringing her back and get a second shot,” said Marlo Rhodes of Chula Vista.
“The odds of what happened, unfortunately, to those who received those side-effects are very slim,” said Dan Inocencio of Mira Mesa. “So I still trust the vaccine as long as everyone else higher up is saying it’s safe.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Christian Ramers with the Family Health Centers of San Diego expressed confidence in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Ramers recommended addressing any concerns with your doctor and moving forward with the vaccine you feel most comfortable with.
“The benefits are so much greater than the risks at this point,” Ramers said. “It should be left wide open and those individual discussions with the doctors to allow the vaccination to continue.”
Ramers also put the risks in context, saying there is a higher risk of getting struck by lightning or of the side-effects of taking an aspirin.
“The risk of bleeding — having a bleed in your stomach from taking an aspirin every day — is about one in a thousand,” Ramers said. “So this is many, many more times less risk than common things that we do every single day.”