Use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has been put on hold in both Minnesota and Wisconsin after rare side effects occurred in a handful of recipients.
According to the MN Department of Health, all six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 six to 13 days after vaccination. The incident has resulted in a federal review of the effects.
This pause is not expected to drastically impact immunization rollout as only 6.6% of Minnesotans have received it.
MDH advises those Minnesotans who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and develop the following symptoms within three weeks of vaccination to contact their healthcare provider:
• Severe headache
• Abdominal pain
• Leg pain
• Shortness of breath
Welia Health says that those scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the April 15 clinic will be contacted by the health provider or Kanabec County Public Health about the next steps.