MEDFORD, Ore-- On Saturday, The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup completed its review and has unanimously concluded that use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Biotech) COVID-19 vaccine should resume in the Western States.
The Workgroup gave its final confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington Saturday afternoon.
Yesterday, the FDA lifted its pause on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after a review by a federal vaccine safety panel found that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks that come with it.
The Workgroup also did state in its review that it recommends that vaccine information fact sheets should be provided, in multiple different languages, to better help inform health care providers and people of the risk associated with the J&J vaccine.
"I am grateful to count myself among the nearly 7 million Americans protected by the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, said Governor Kate Brown. " Oregonians can be confident that this vaccine is safe and effective, and that the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19 far outweigh the risks of this exceedingly rare adverse effect."
"The benefits of the J&J vaccine outweigh the risks associated with it, said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. "We want to keep as many people free from COVID and out of the hospital as possible, and the J&J vaccine will help us get through this pandemic. I encourage people to get whatever vaccine is available to them."
"After additional review, analysis and scrutiny, experts have concluded the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe, effective and will protect you against the COVID-19 virus," said California Governor Gavin Newsom. "To date, about a million Californians have already received this vaccine—including myself and many of the state’s top doctors."
Governor Kate Brown also mentioned that her heart goes out to the family in Oregon who lost their loved one, after she died a few days later from a blood clot caused by Johnson and Johnson vaccine.