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Posted on: April 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, April 13, 2021

Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations Paused

Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations Paused

Dubuque County: 221 More Completed Vaccinations and 17 New Positive Individuals

Iowa: 17,353 More Completed Vaccinations and 442 New Positive Individuals

Sleeves Up! Dubuque County (PNG)Available Vaccination Appointments

As of 1 p.m. today, COVID vaccinations appointments were available at the following Dubuque County vaccine providers:

Please keep any appointment you schedule or contact the provider to cancel if you must.  Remember that if you get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it's critical that you receive the second dose.  Consider helping friends and family schedule appointments.  We're all in this together.

For assistance making an appointment, call the Dubuque County Sleeves Up! Call Center at 563.690.MAKE(6253).  For links to all Dubuque County vaccine providers, visit

Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Paused

Following this morning's announcement/recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has advised all Iowa vaccine providers to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until more details are confirmed.

The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare and the recommendation to pause was made out an abundance of caution.  As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine had been administered in the U.S., which is less than 5% of all doses administered.  Approximately 83,700 doses have been administered in Iowa.

  • CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving the six reported U.S. cases of a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia).
  • All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
  • Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered. Usually, an anticoagulant drug called heparin is used to treat blood clots. In this setting, administration of heparin may be dangerous, and alternative treatments need to be given. 

People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

 If you are scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, please contact your healthcare provider, vaccination location, or clinic to learn about other vaccine availability, OR call the Sleeves Up! Call Center at 563.690.MAKE(6259) for assistance.

Regardless of which vaccine you receive, please consider reporting any side effects through the CDC's "V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker" at


(11 a.m. yesterday to 11 a.m. today)


  • Vaccinations Completed: 28,013
     (221 more than yesterday)
  • 28.8% of all county residents fully vaccinated
  • Vaccinations Started (1st dose): 14,257


  • 17 more positive individuals since yesterday 
  • Total positive individuals to date = 13,050


  • 538 active cases in Dubuque County (13 more than yesterday)


  • No new deaths.
  • Total deaths related to COVID to date = 202
  • Underlying Cause Deaths = 188, Contributing Factor Deaths = 14


  • Dubuque County Residents Hospitalized = 9 as of Apr. 11. (1 more than Apr. 10)


  • 58 more individuals tested since yesterday
  • Individuals tested to date = 57,203
  • Past 14-day positivity average = 5.8%
  • Past 7-day positivity average = 5.1%

Please do not reply to this message.  If you have questions, please call 563-556-6200.  
For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

 For current statewide data, please visit

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This message is from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team, which includes staff from the from the Dubuque County Health Department, City of Dubuque Health Department, Dubuque County Emergency Management Agency, and the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association.

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