The Ingham County Health Department is back to using the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week after a nationwide administrative pause was prompted by six reports of women who had developed blood clots after receiving those particular vaccinations.
“The bottom line is that any of these vaccines is better than no vaccine,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said in a statement. “The risk for COVID-19 followed by a serious illness or death is significantly higher than the risk for a severe adverse reaction from the vaccine.”
The temporary pause in J&J vaccines was based on reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis that developed in six patients (of more than 6.8 million) after their shots. All of the patients were women 18 to 49.
After a federal investigation, the CDC and FDA concluded the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the potential risk. Vaccine appointments — which also include options for those who still prefer Pfizer or Moderna vaccines — are available at hd.ingham.org/coronavirus/r_1013.aspx.
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Michigan hit a shots-in-arm milestone this week, ticking past 7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered statewide to date. At least 50% of residents have now received one dose. Records show that about 38% of residents have also been fully vaccinated.
“As we get closer to achieving our goal of equitably vaccinating 70% of Michiganders 16 and up, we have to remember that we are still in this fight against the virus. Our case count and hospitalization rates are a reminder that we must continue following basic public health protocols we know work,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement released this week.
Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments hit by the pandemic are eligible to apply this week for $28.6 billion in federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund direct relief provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the federal American Rescue Plan.
Officials will prioritize direct relief to women, veterans and socially and economically disadvantaged people for the first 21 days then switch to a first-come, first-serve model. Visit sba.gov/restaurants (or in Spanish at sba.gov/restaurantes) for more details about the program.
In an effort to assist struggling business owners, the city of East Lansing is waiving this year’s business license and entertainment fees, much like last year’s waiver as the pandemic began.