PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - South Dakota health officials have announced the state will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
In a press release, the South Dakota Department of Health announced health systems and federal retail pharmacies across the state will begin using the J&J vaccine again starting today, April 26.
The decision was made after the CDC and FDA on Friday decided to approve the use of the vaccine for those 18 years of age and older, lifting the pause it had implemented on April 13, 2021.
“The pause and restart of this vaccine should be one more example of our commitment in ensuring vaccine safety and prove that transparent and rigorous established safety standards work,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health. “We know all available vaccines have been proven effective against hospitalization and death from COVID-19, further highlighting the importance of getting your shot scheduled today.”
The J&J vaccine pause, announced by the CDC on April 13, came after six reports of U.S. cases among women of a 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 over 6.8 million J&J shots have been administered nationwide and no serious adverse reactions to the vaccine have been reported in South Dakota.
Several other states have also begun administering J&J vaccines again, including Iowa.