One-shot Janssen vaccinations on pause

Medical personnel inoculate a resident in Topaz Ranch Estates on Saturday.

Medical personnel inoculate a resident in Topaz Ranch Estates on Saturday. Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

 Douglas County residents who are signed up for the one-shot Janssen vaccine should get a call from Carson City Health and Human Services to offering the two-shot Moderna instead.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause in vaccinations using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
In light of the recommendation from the CDC, the FDA, and Nevada, Carson City Health and Human Services will pause the use of the Janssen vaccine until the review is complete.
The Carson health agency, which serves Douglas County, will be calling residents signed up for the vaccine and offer the Moderna instead. 

"(We are) urging the community to trust the safety and effectiveness of the authorized vaccines," Carson City health officials said. "The CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices are meeting to review the Janssen vaccine reactions and will provide information once it is available. CCHHS will continue to work with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and the Nevada State Immunization Program throughout the pause and will provide additional information as it becomes available."

People who have received the Janssen vaccine, who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at

For questions, contact the Quad-County COVID-19 Hotline at 775-434-1988. More information on the pause of the Janssen vaccine can be found at


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