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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Update

CDC, FDA Recommend US Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

Hattiesburg Clinic has been made aware of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommendations to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution.

The adverse reaction that is being reviewed is a blood clotting disorder that was found in six cases out of approximately seven million doses administered. The cases all occurred within two weeks of vaccine administration. All cases were in females 18-48 years of age. This is an extremely rare adverse reaction. The CDC has not recommended completely stopping use indefinitely, but rather a pause to track any common sources for the few cases that did occur. We will likely be given more information soon.

Normal symptoms after vaccine administration:

  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Low-grade fever
  • Chills

These typically last 24-36 hours from vaccine administration and resolve completely after that time. It is okay to take Tylenol or ibuprofen for symptoms.

If you experience any severe headache, severe abdominal pain, severe leg pain, or shortness of breath, especially prolonged, we recommend seeking additional care. 

If you have any additional concerns or questions, contact your primary care provider’s office.

As instructed during our vaccine clinic, we recommend all recipients of any COVID vaccine to register with v-safe to report any symptoms or adverse reactions.

How to register for v-safe:

  • Go to cdc.gov.
  • Click “get started.”
  • Enter name and cell phone number.
  • A verification code will be sent your phone.
  • Enter vaccine information.
  • Enter date you received the vaccine.
  • Click submit. You will then receive texts at scheduled increments with questions regarding your symptoms. You can opt out of text messages at any time.

If you have any questions or problems enrolling in v-safe, contact the toll-free CDC v-safe line at (800) 232-4636.

We will continue to provide updates on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well as all other vaccine and COVID-related updates on our website at www.hattiesburgclinic.com.

Lance Ganey


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