Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine has Emergency Use Authorization and is available for those who do not have access to other COVID-19 vaccines, cannot receive other COVID-19 vaccines for medical reasons, or would not get vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they could receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The CDC recommends the Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for anyone age 18 and older if no other approved vaccine is available because of the risk of a rare but serious blood clotting disorder. The group at highest risk for the rare blood clotting disorder is women ages 18–49 years, and symptoms began one to two weeks following vaccination. The chance of this occurring is remote.
CDC said that receiving any vaccine is better than being unvaccinated, and the public will continue to have access to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. Please discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider or the healthcare professional at your vaccination site. You should not get the vaccine if you have a history of allergic reaction to any ingredients of the vaccine.