Sullivan Co. Regional Health Dept. pausing use of J&J vaccine ‘effective immediately’; changes made to April 14-16 event

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – UPDATE – The Sullivan County Regional Health Department announced Tuesday that it would be “pausing the used of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine effective immediately.”

A release from the health department states that the vaccine’s use will be paused due to recommendations from the FDA and CDC.

SCRHD had planned a mass vaccination event at Bristol Motor Speedway from April 14 through April 16 using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The release states that event will now use the Pfizer vaccine instead.

The event will also now take place across the highway from BMS at Whitetop Creek Park from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day.

Appointments are not required, but the health department advises that they are preferred.

Anyone 16 and older may be vaccinated at the event, no matter where you reside. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and have a form of identification.

“There is plenty of vaccine in supply and no need to arrive early, parking will not be allowed on the shoulder of 394. This will be enforced by the Bristol Police Department,” the release states.

Anyone who was already scheduled to receive a second dose of Pfizer vaccine on April 15 or 16 should still return to Whitetop Creek Park as scheduled.

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