By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Wyoming Department of Health is again allowing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday.
The move comes almost two weeks after the department and the federal government recommended a pause in administration of the single-dose vaccine due to reports of women developing blood clots after receiving it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed the vaccine to be used again as of Friday and the Wyoming Department of Health told health care providers on Saturday that they could again distribute the vaccine, WDH spokeswoman Kim Deti confirmed to Cowboy State Daily on Monday.
“Providers have been advised they can resume offering that vaccine. We sent a notice to providers over the weekend,” she said.
She also provided a copy of the notice, which also gave directions to medical providers in the event of patients developing blood clots.
At the time of the pause, Wyoming had administered 9,950 doses of the vaccine and had received a total of 24,400 doses.
There were six reported cases of women between the ages of 18 to 48 across the U.S. developing blood clots within six to 13 days after receiving that particular vaccine.
Individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination are advised to contact their health care provider.
Stitches Acute Care Center, which has urgent care clinic in both Wyoming and Colorado, began offering the vaccine again on Sunday, owner Amy Surdam posted in a message to Twitter.