CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health will immediately resume the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Starting Saturday, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be offered at Chicago’s vaccination site at Kennedy King College.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel gave the green light for the shots to continue but with a warning.

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The vaccine was paused 11 days ago. That decision came after reports of a rare kind of blood clot in patients who had the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Researchers wanted to take a closer look at the connection. The panel uncovered 15 cases and three deaths, mostly in women under 50.

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The government decided the benefits of the vaccine still outweigh the risks of COVID-19.

The panel determined by resuming the shot there would likely be fewer than 50 additional clotting cases but up to 1,400 deaths from COVID-19 could be prevented.

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Next week the Chicago Federation of Labor Vaccination site, Chicago State University’s drive-thru site, Protect Chicago Homebound, and the city’s vaccination bus program will all resume operations with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff