The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 vaccine, after finding that six women between the ages of 18 and 48 years who got the vaccine had developed blood clots. This is a very rare occurrence considering that more than 6.8 million doses have been administered in the U.S., but out of “an abundance of caution” the two agencies have made this recommendation and announced that a panel of outside experts will meet Wednesday to review the matter for the CDC, while the FDA conducts an investigation to determine if there is a causal relationship between the vaccine and these blood clots.
The Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics has been administering Janssen vaccine but will suspend any further distribution until authorized to do so by the CDC and FDA. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, however, have proven safe thus far and SBNC will continue to distribute the Moderna product at its vaccination clinics. As long as the remaining vaccines continue to show no serious reaction, it is critically important to vaccinate as many people as possible in order to combat this deadly virus. In spite of this pause in the distribution of one of our three vaccines, the risk of serious illness, or death, is far greater from the virus itself than from one of the vaccines.
SIX Years: Four Stars!!!
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is proud to announce our sixth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Only 12% of charities receive at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that our organization demonstrates strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.