Clinic in Aurora after Johnson & Johnson vaccine ‘break’ canceled

AURORA, IL – Local health officials have canceled a mass vaccination clinic scheduled for Tuesday after federal officials recommended a “break” in administering the one-off Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, called for a hiatus after several people developed blood cells after being vaccinated with the J&J vaccine. The side effects seem extremely rare. By Monday, nearly 7 million people will be receiving the J&J vaccine.

The Illinois Department of Health has advised all vaccine providers to stop using the J&J vaccine until further notice.

Anyone with an appointment for the clinic will be given a Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday, April 20, officials said in a press release. Earlier dates can be arranged at

Tuesday’s clinic would have been the city’s last J&J recording event, regardless of the break, the press release said.

“We encourage anyone who has taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the past few days to see a doctor if they have any concerns,” officials said in the press release. “While these cases are rare, make it a priority to see a healthcare provider right away.”

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A second mass vaccination clinic in Aurora continues on Tuesday. 2,500 residents are slated to receive vaccines at the city’s new location in the Fox Valley Mall. This clinic uses the Pfizer vaccine.

Public health officials canceled a mass vaccination clinic in Elgin on Tuesday because of the break in Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Residents can search for available vaccine appointments Appointments can be made for mass vaccination sites in Aurora, Elgin and Batavia.


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