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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.

Having another safe vaccine is expected to increase vaccination rates.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Emergency Use Authorization for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 27, 2021.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 85% effective in preventing severe disease from COVID-19. It requires just one dose, and it can also be stored at warmer temperatures than the vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

The FDA’s approval is expected to increase the supply of safe vaccines, so that more people can get vaccinated sooner.

You may be wondering about the differences between the vaccines. Click here to read 6 Things to Know About the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine.

It is also important to know that the state decides how much and which vaccines to distribute. UNC Health cannot choose which vaccines it receives, and patients cannot choose which vaccine they get.