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UNC Health is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. As a precaution, we will follow the FDA’s recommendation and pause vaccinations using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until federal authorities are able to review data and provide further guidance. Patients who were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at UNC Health vaccination clinics today will be offered one of the other vaccines where possible or rescheduled as necessary. Severe reactions are rare. Click here for information on when to seek medical care.

All vaccines are tested and reviewed by the FDA to make sure they work and are safe.

Some people have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine approval processes and want to make sure the urgency of the crisis hasn’t allowed for any cut corners when it comes to safety. It’s understandable to wonder if manufacturers have followed the right steps and if the vaccines are safe.

Explore below to learn more about how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed, researched, tested and approved.

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