Summit County officials discuss Johnson and Johnson vaccine restart


SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) — Summit County Public Health today hosted a live discussion with details about their plans to restart the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control advised pausing the use of the vaccine after extremely rare blood-clotting events of six people, including one death, out of more than 6.8 million Americans given the shot; the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was resumed several days after the pause.

Health Commissioner Donna Skoda, SCPH Medical Director Erika Sobolewski and Summit County Communications Director Greta Johnson provided information to the public regarding the vaccine and its restart.

In the discussion, Skoda said the public health department is holding drive-through clinics at the health department every Wednesday from May 5 through June 30 where they’ll offer a Moderna vaccine from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a Pfizer vaccine from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Skoda also said the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be distributed at the Summit County Fairgrounds clinic on May 1.

She said pop-up clinics are available in Akron, Barberton, Twinsburg and more.

Sobolewski said that after the review of all the available data, they considered that the benefits of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine far outweigh any possible risks.

“Women who are younger than 50 years old should be aware of this rare side effect that possibly can occur, but we want everyone to have that ability to have that risk benefit discussion with the provider or us at the vaccination station what might be the most appropriate vaccine for them,” Sobolewski said.

She said for up to 3 weeks after receiving the vaccine, it’s important to monitor symptoms including a severe headache, blurred vision, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, easy bruising or spots on skin, and abdominal pain.

If any of these symptoms occur, she said it needs to be brought up with their doctor.


  • Summit County Fairgrounds is hosting a vaccine clinic on May 1 and distributing the Johnson and Johnson vaccine
  • Dr. Sobolewski says to monitor any symptoms for 2 weeks after receiving the shot, especially for women, and discuss them with their doctor
  • She says it’s a personal choice to decide which vaccine is best for each person
  • She says after receiving a vaccine, it’s normal to feel sick; but that’s your body working to create immunity to the virus
  • Regarding the possibility of needing a booster shot in the fall, Skoda says it’s important to keep your vaccine card for accurate records, maybe even laminating it

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