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Vaccine clinic to be held at Health Unit

by Staff Report | May 6, 2021 at 8:24 a.m.

The Columbia County Health Unit is hosting a COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic on May 11 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 at its facility on 207 S. Jefferson St. in Magnolia.

The Health Unit will be administering the Janssen and Janssen (J&J) COVID 19 vaccine, which requires only one dose. The vaccine clinic will be available for no out-of-pocket expense to all Arkansas residents who are 16 years of age and older, but the Health Unit is requesting those participating in the vaccine drive to bring their insurance cards.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a pause was placed on administering the J&J COVID 19 Vaccine after reports of six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot after the vaccine was administered. After a thorough safety review, the FDA and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that the pause on the use of the J&J Covid-19 Vaccine should be lifted to resume on April 23, eleven days after the initial pause.

The FDA and CDC determined that the J&J COVID 19 vaccine should be resumed in the United States, that it is safe and effective in preventing COVID 19 and that current data shows that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.

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