Missouri will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Ministry of Health said

Missouri will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after a week’s hiatus, the Ministry of Health announced Friday night.

“It was concluded that the known potential benefits of the J & J vaccine outweigh the known potential risks.” The Health and Senior Services Department said in a statement.

The state announcement will be made after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration. Announced that the suspension of Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be lifted. Suspension began on April 13, after several women developed blood clots within two weeks of vaccination.

Missouri vaccine providers who were previously receiving J & J could start taking it immediately, and federal distribution will resume next week, the Department of Health said.

According to the Ministry of Health, more than 105,000 doses of the vaccine were given in the state before being suspended by federal recommendations as the shots were reviewed.

According to federal officials, J & J’s shots can continue as soon as Saturday, but the label will be updated to warn of the risk of blood clots.

The CDC and FDA announcements came just hours after the Federal Advisory Committee recommended the move.

The recommendations did not include new restrictions based on age or gender. Anyone over the age of 18 can receive shots.

“Together, both agencies are completely convinced that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine outweigh its known and potential risks,” said FDA Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock. It was.

McClatchy’s Katie Camero and Mitchell Willetts contributed to the report.

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