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VACCINE TEAM: Will my upcoming appointment to get the J&J vaccine be canceled?

What to do if you are scheduled for the J&J vaccine.
Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 6:13 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Vaccine Team has heard from several viewers scheduled for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

We don’t know how long the CDC and FDA will allow this “pause” in giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Healthcare leaders tell the Vaccine Team you should get the first vaccine you can.

A viewer asked: I have an appointment for the Johnson and Johnson shot next week. Will my appointment be canceled?

We asked Dr. Amanda Fuller Moore, a pharmacist and coordinating the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services vaccine plan, about whether or not those with appointments should cancel.

“We have asked our providers to reach out proactively to people who have appointments for a J&J vaccine,” Moore said. “We’ve asked them to let them know what their individual options are or to come in and receive another vaccine.”

Meanwhile, Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris already switched all the upcoming Johnson & Johnson mass vaccine clinics over to Moderna or Pfizer shots.

It would help if you showed up at your scheduled time.

You can also reach out to the healthcare provider or pharmacy you were scheduled and make a new appointment.

The great news is the supply of the mRNA vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer come in a more abundant supply to handle the added patients.

The county had 85,000 doses Monday night and had two more shipments coming in Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We do anticipate that we have vaccine available for anyone who wishes to receive it,” Moore said.

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