The Kane County Health Department will resume administering the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week, after federal health officials lifted the pause on its use.
According to a news release Tuesday from the Health Department, states are resuming distribution of the vaccine, accompanied by a warning about rare complications involving blood clots. No one from Kane County has experienced a bad reaction to the J&J vaccine, the release stated. A complete schedule, listing which vaccines are available and at which Kane County Health Department vaccination clinics, can be found online at KaneVax.org.
The Health Department is urging all eligible residents, which includes everyone 16 and older, to receive the vaccination.
“We are at a point where we must educate the community more creatively about the vaccines – especially on the myths and misconceptions that may drive fears that prevent people from getting vaccinated,” stated Kathy Fosser, interim executive director. “We are embarking on an outreach campaign, going to public events, churches, and other venues to register people for vaccination. We will be opening some of our clinic days for walk-ins.”
“We are now in the second phase of our community campaign, which is where we promote appointments,” said Michael Isaacson, assistant director of Community Health. “Initially, our community had an overwhelming demand and but a limited vaccine supply. Now, we’ve reached a position where we need to be proactive and reach out to the community.”
For more information and updates on COVID-19 in Kane County, visit the Kane County Health Department website at KaneHealth.com or call the health department at 630-208-3801.