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Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Put on Hold

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.

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