April 26, 2021
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health has announced health systems and federal retail pharmacies across the state will resume the use and administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine starting today.
The decision was made following the announcement last Friday by the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it has satisfactorily studied and approved the use of the vaccine for those 18 years of age and older, lifting the pause it had implemented on April 13th.
The pause, announced by the CDC came after six reports of U.S. cases among women of rare and severe type of blood clots after receiving the vaccine.
To date, 16,295 South Dakotans have received the one-dose series vaccine, and no serious adverse reactions to the vaccine have been reported in South Dakota.