BENTON TOWNSHIP — The Berrien County Health Department announced Monday, April 26, it will resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The first clinic is set for May 4 at the BCHD office in Benton Township, according to a news release.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), recommended a pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 13 after reports of an extremely rare blood clotting syndrome in some people.

The pause was made to conduct a safety review of the vaccine.

The FDA and CDC determined late last week that the available data shows that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.

In addition to resuming the J&J vaccine, the BCHD will welcome walk-ins at COVID-19 vaccine clinics beginning in May.

The BCHD recommends people still make an appointment to guarantee vaccine availability by either visiting or calling 800-815-5485.

Residents needing a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are now able to schedule an appointment for themselves online, but will be asked to present their vaccination record card at the time of their appointment.

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