Denver also stops use of vaccine from Johnson & Johnson

Six women who received the vaccine, out of 6.8 million people, are known to have had a stroke. One person has died.

Nhung Mai draws out a COVID-19 vaccine at a city-run clinic inside the Barnum Recreation Center. March 10, 2021.

Nhung Mai draws out a COVID-19 vaccine at a city-run clinic inside the Barnum Recreation Center. March 10, 2021.

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Health workers at Denver’s vaccination sites have stopped injecting people with Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 shot following advice from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Six women out of 6.8 million people who have received the vaccine are known to have suffered a rare type of stroke, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, after getting the injection. One of the women has died.

In a press release from Denver’s Joint Information Center, officials said they are “awaiting additional guidance directing any future use” and will use the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in the meantime. The city government does not think the pause “will impact operations,” the statement said.

The move comes five days after Colorado health officials found no reason to worry about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Eleven people, a statistically small number, suffered adverse but non-life-threatening reactions at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park vaccination site last week.

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