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Tracking Metro Detroit vaccination changes amid pause of J&J vaccine

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U.S. officials announced Tuesday morning a recommended hiatus from using Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, the country’s third vaccine against the virus, after six recipients developed a rare response.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement Tuesday recommending the country to stop using Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines ” out of caution ”after six recipients developed an extreme development of rare blood clot disorder.

Update: Michigan is temporarily suspending use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine

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The FDA said that as of April 12, the US had administered more than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine to date, meaning the percentage of people who developed problems from it was only 0.00008% the recipient is.

The other two major COVID vaccines in the US – Pfizer and Moderna – have not been linked to such issues.

Metro Detroit sites planning to give the J&J vaccine are changing their plans to accommodate the break recommendation. We’ll keep an on-going list of all of the changes we see below.

Detroiters who have vaccination appointments at neighborhood vaccination sites – including the eight new locations opening this week – should meet their deadline. The city will give first doses of the Pfizer vaccine instead of the single-shot J&J vaccine.

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Ingham County will continue to deliver COVID-19 vaccines on schedule while the J&J vaccine hiatus comes.

Officials say the county has stopped using the J&J vaccine and will instead give Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on all scheduled dates.

“We await further guidance from the CDC and FDA while they investigate reports of blood clots after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” the county health department said in a statement Tuesday. “Adverse events are extremely rare, but vaccination safety is our top priority.”

The city of Livonia planned to administer J&J vaccines during the Wednesday April 14 and Friday April 16 appointments. The city will stop using the J&J vaccine in compliance with guidelines.

Instead, on Wednesday, April 14, the city will give people with vaccination appointments the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine rather than the single-dose J&J vaccine.

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“Appointments for the second dose are automatically scheduled three weeks after a person’s first dose appointment at the same time. Those with an appointment for the first dose on April 14th will return to the Livonia Senior Center on May 5th for an appointment for the second dose, “city officials said in a press release on Tuesday.

All vaccination appointments scheduled for Friday April 16 in Livonia will be canceled at this time. Officials say residents with canceled vaccination appointments will be notified of future vaccination options via email.

Macomb County will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccinations as planned, but will stop using J&J vaccines.

Mark Hackel, chief executive of the county, said Tuesday morning that the county will continue to use Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines to meet all vaccination appointments.

The Oakland County Health Division says they are reviewing planned J&J clinics to see if they can offer Moderna-Pfizer vaccines at those clinics instead, or if the clinics need to be rescheduled altogether.

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The vaccination clinic at Oakland University on April 13 is still running as planned for those with appointments.

On Tuesday, officials announced that from April 13-19, 12 COVID vaccination clinics would still be operating by appointment only in the following communities: Holly, Novi, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Southfield, Waterford and West Bloomfield.

The Oakland University Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday April 13th will continue to run as planned for those with appointments. Recipients will receive an initial dose of Pfizer vaccine instead of the scheduled single shot J&J vaccine.

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The Saint Joseph Mercy Health System said it will also suspend the use of the J&J vaccine in its facilities:

The City of Warren is canceling its COVID-19 vaccine fair, scheduled for April 15-18, due to the J&J vaccination break. The city planned to give the J&J vaccine on these dates.

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“We will resume vaccine distribution when there is positive evidence that it is safe,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said Tuesday morning. “We are also planning another vaccine show featuring the Pfizer vaccine later this month. In our previous partnership with Mclaren Health Systems and Walgreens, the Pfizer vaccine was used. “

Several vaccination sites that opened in Washtenaw County this week will operate differently during the J&J vaccination break.

The mass vaccination clinic, which opened at Pierce Elementary School in Chelsea on Tuesday April 13, will operate as planned, according to the county health authorities. Recipients at this clinic will receive an initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine instead of the one-time J&J vaccine.

A pop-up vaccination clinic at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center slated for Tuesday April 13 has been postponed. Officials have not yet announced a new appointment for this clinic.

On Wednesday April 14th, two scheduled clinics at Concordia University and Eastern Michigan University will be postponed.

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Officials say all other changes to upcoming vaccination efforts will be announced later on Tuesday. At the moment, all vaccination planning has been paused while the Ministry of Health staff assess care and reach out to those whose appointments have been postponed.

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Wayne County Health Department will accept COVID vaccinations for residents from Wednesday, April 14th through Saturday, April 17th.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on the Wayne County Community College Downriver campus at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor.

Vaccines are free and no appointment is required. Walk-ups are only available to residents of the county 16 and over. Residents under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive vaccination.

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Residents can still make an appointment for a vaccination at the district health department by calling 866-610-3885.

For more information on vaccination sites, visit www.waynecounty.com/covid19.

More: In Search of COVID-19 Vaccines In Metro Detroit: Track Openings, Clinics, and Appointments

Do you know a vaccination center that has postponed or changed its plans due to the J&J vaccination break? Please send us relevant information by email!

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