NCL statement on pause on J&J vaccine distribution

April 14, 2021

Media contact: National Consumers League – Carol McKay, 945-3242 or Taun Sterling, 207-2832

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL) commends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their concerted efforts to promptly address recent adverse events observed by the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The decision for a momentary pause in distribution for the vaccine was enacted out of “an abundance of caution” on part of the CDC and FDA, following reports of 6 severe cases of a rare form of blood clots observed in young women, ranging from ages 18 to 48, roughly one to three weeks after receiving the shot.

Due to its ease of transport and one-shot delivery, the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is the most accessible and convenient vaccine presently on the market. The vaccine has been administered to more than 7 million Americans, with tremendous success. The measure to pause distribution to gather additional evidence is demonstrative of proper coordination between our most essential public health agencies.

The reports of adverse events experienced by patients who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are concerning, and NCL appreciates the efforts by public and industry partnerships to identify and resolve the situation. NCL has long advocated for vaccine safety and consumers need to feel confident that they are safe, especially in the midst of a mass vaccination campaign.

All three COVID-19 vaccines on the market have been shown to be effective against preventing severe symptoms and hospitalization from COVID-19. The incidence of adverse outcomes is very rare and should be put into context with the overwhelming benefits of the vaccine to prevent very serious effects of COVID transmission. Consumers should rest assured that vaccines are effective measures to protect public health and are vital to national efforts in ending the pandemic.


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