Mitchell County cancels Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic following CDC announcement

Brett Bachtle
Updated: April 13, 2021 08:31 PM
Created: April 13, 2021 08:03 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Mitchell County Public Health was set to administer over 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. That was before an announcement from the CDC brought administration to a halt.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is advising officials to stop giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following reports of rare but severe blood clots in six people who received the J&J vaccine.

“I’m not nervous because it’s only happened to six people, but it is crazy that they’ve pulled it from use, so that tells me maybe there’s more that we don’t know,” said Iowan Brooke Nerlien who has the J&J vaccine.

Director of the Cerro Gordo County Public Health Department Brian Hanft jumped on an urgent webinar Wednesday afternoon with the state health department.

“Really, it doesn’t change anything for us. We’ll just keep them in the freezer until we know that we’re otherwise told to go ahead and either use them or destroy them,” Hanft said,

Hanft says, so far the county has given out about 900 doses of the J&J vaccine. He’s not aware of any serious side effects in local recipients.

“The importance of people getting this vaccine is literally life and death. I know that seems extreme, but let’s be honest, in November we had hundreds of people, thousands of people in Iowa and Minnesota dying,” said Hanft.

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