SALEM, Ore.-- The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed a review and recommended lifting the pause on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Washingon, Oregon, Nevada and California are part of the COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup. The workgroup is comprised of nationally-acclaimed scientists with expertise in public health and immunizations.
In a statement, Governor Kate Brown said:
“I am grateful to count myself among the nearly 7 million Americans protected by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. With this thorough scientific review by leading state and federal doctors, scientists, and health experts, Oregonians can be confident that this vaccine is safe and effective, and that the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19 far outweigh the risks of this exceedingly rare adverse effect."
On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted its pause on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
However, Oregon Health Authority is still investigating an Oregon woman's death after receiving the single dose shot.
Over 7 million Johnson and Johnson doses have been administered so far. Fifteen people, all women, developed rare blood clots after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine but it is still undetermined if this vaccine is the definitive cause.
The OHA will be issuing guidance for health care providers on how to proceed based on the new recommendations.
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