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4.8    Undesirable effects

10.    DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT

18 May 2022

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4.      Possible side effects

Unknown (cannot be estimated from the available data)

·               severe allergic reaction

·               capillary leak syndrome (a condition causing fluid leakage from small blood vessels)

·               low levels of blood platelets (immune thrombocytopenia) that can be associated with bleeding (see section 2, ‘Blood Disorders’)

·               inflammation of the spinal cord

·               inflammation of small blood vessels (small vessel vasculitis) with skin rash or small red or purple, flat, round spots under the skin’s surface or bruising

6.      Contents of the pack and other information

For any additional information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:

Ireland

Janssen Sciences Ireland UC

Tel: +353212356806/0080056540088

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

Janssen Sciences Ireland UC

Tel:  +442076602872/0080056540088 +441494 56744 

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JCOVDEN brand name (previously COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen) was approved by EMA on 28-Apr-2022. The SmPC with JCOVDEN brand name was amended on the medicines.ie site on 9-May-2022 and the brand name was replaced where applicable in the following sections.

Change to section 1 - Name of medicinal product; Change to section 2 - Qualitative and quantitative composition; Change to section 3 - Pharmaceutical form; Change to section 4.1 - Therapeutic indications; Change to section 4.2 - Posology and method of administration; Change to section 4.4 - Special warnings and precautions for use; Change to section 4.6 - Pregnancy and lactation; Change to section 4.7 - Effects on ability to drive and use machines; Change to section 4.8 - Undesirable effects; Change to section 4.9 - Overdose; Change to section 5.1 - Pharmacodynamic properties; Change to section 5.3 - Preclinical safety data; Change to section 6.4 - Special precautions for storage; Change to section 10 - Date of revision of the text  

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 Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the national reporting system listed in Appendix V and include batch/Lot number if available.

Ireland

HPRA Pharmacovigilance

Website: www.hpra.ie. and include batch/Lot number if available.

 United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

Yellow Card Scheme

Website: https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/

or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. and include batch/Lot number if available.


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JCOVDEN brand name (previously COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen) was approved by EMA on 28-Apr-2022. The PIL with JCOVDEN brand name was amended on the medicines.ie site on 9-May-2022 where applicable in the following sections.

Change to Section 1 - what the product is; Change to section 2 - what you need to know - warnings and precautions; Change to section 3 - how to take/use; Change to section 4 - possible side effects; Change to section 5 - how to store or dispose; Change to section 6 - what the product contains However, the following correction to Section 4. Possible side effects - "Reporting of side effects" has been made to add the Country Specific information to the PIL.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting system listed in Appendix V and include batch/Lot number if available see details below). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Ireland

HPRA Pharmacovigilance

Website: www.hpra.ie. and include batch/Lot number if available.

 United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

Yellow Card Scheme

Website: https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/ or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. and include batch/Lot number if available.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen JCOVDEN suspension for injection

Throughout the SmPC where applicable, Brand name has been changed from "COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen" to "JCOVDEN".

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COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen JCOVDEN suspension for injection

Throughout the PIL, brand name has been changed from "COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen" to "JCOVDEN"

Updated on 06 March 2022

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6.3     Shelf life

Unopened vial

2 years when stored at -25°C to ‑15°C.

Once removed from the freezer, the unopened vaccine may be stored refrigerated at 2°C to 8°C, protected from light, for a single period of up to 4.5 11 months, not exceeding the printed expiry date (EXP).

6.4     Special precautions for storage

Store and transport frozen at -25°C to -15°C. The expiry date for storage at -25°C to -15°C is printed on the vial and outer carton after “EXP”.

When stored frozen at -25°C to -15°C, the vaccine can be thawed either at 2°C to 8°C or at room temperature:

  • at 2°C to 8°C: a carton of 10 or 20 vials will take approximately 13 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 2 hours to thaw.
  • at room temperature (maximally 25°C): a carton of 10 or 20 vials will take approximately 4 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 1 hour to thaw.

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator or transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 4.5 11 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be crossed out. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

Once thawed, the vaccine cannot be re-frozen.

Keep the vials in the original carton in order to protect from light.

Unopened COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is stable for a total of 12 hours at 9°C to 25°C. It is not a recommended storage or shipping condition but may guide decisions for use in case of temporary temperature excursions during the 4.5 11 month storage at 2°C to 8°C.

6.6     Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Handling instructions and administration

This vaccine should be handled by a healthcare professional using aseptic technique to ensure the sterility of each dose.

  • The vaccine comes ready to use once thawed.
  • The vaccine may be supplied frozen at -25°C to -15°C or thawed at 2°C to 8°C.
  • Do not re-freeze vaccine once thawed.
  • Keep the vials in the original carton in order to protect from light and to record the expiry for the different storage conditions, if applicable.

a.       Storage upon receipt of vaccine

IF YOU RECEIVE YOUR VACCINE FROZEN AT -25°C to -15°C you may:

 

 

-25°C to -15°C

 

OR

 

2°C to 8°C

 

Store in a freezer

  • The vaccine can be stored and transported frozen at -25°C to -15°C.
  • The expiry date for storage is printed on the vial and outer carton after “EXP” (see section 6.4).

Store in a refrigerator

  • The vaccine can also be stored and transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 4.5 11 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP).
  • Upon moving the product to a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be crossed out (see section 6.4).

 

 

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5.       How to store COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator or transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 4.5 11 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be crossed out. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator or transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 4.5 11 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be crossed out. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

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4.4       Special warnings and precautions for use

Coagulation disorders

  • Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome: A combination of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia, in some cases accompanied by bleeding, has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases of venous thrombosis at unusual sites such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), splanchnic vein thrombosis as well as arterial thrombosis concomitant with thrombocytopenia. Fatal outcome has been reported. These cases occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination, and mostly in women individuals under 60 years of age.

 

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome and transverse myelitis
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and transverse myelitis (TM) have has been reported very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. Healthcare professionals should be alert to of GBS and TM signs and symptoms to ensure correct diagnosis, in order to initiate adequate supportive care and treatment and to rule out other causes.
  • 4.8       Undesirable effects

Table 1:          Adverse reactions reported following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

System Organ Class

Very common

(≥ 1/10)

Common

(≥ 1/100 to < 1/10)

Uncommon

(≥ 1/1000 to < 1/100)

Rare

(≥ 1/10000 to < 1/1000)

Very Rare (< 1/10000)

Not known

(cannot be estimated from the available data)

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

 

 

 

Lymph-adenopathy

 

Immune thrombo-cytopenia

Immune system disorders

 

 

 

Hypersensitivitya; urticaria

 

Anaphylaxisb

 

Nervous system disorders

Headache

 

Tremor;

dizziness;

paraesthesia

Hypoaesthesia

Guillain-Barré syndrome

Transverse myelitis

Ear and labyrinth disorders

 

 

 

Tinnitus

 

 

Vascular disorders

 

 

 

Venous thromboembolism

Thrombosis in combination with thrombo-cytopenia

Capillary leak syndrome

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

 

Cough

Sneezing; oropharyngeal pain

 

 

 

Gastrointestinal disorders

Nausea

 

Diarrhoea

Vomiting

 

 

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

 

 

Rash; hyperhidrosis

 

 

 

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Myalgia

Arthralgia

Muscular weakness; pain in extremity; back pain

 

 

 

General disorders and administration site conditions

Fatigue; injection site pain

Pyrexia; injection site erythema; injection site swelling; chills

Asthenia; malaise

 

 

 

a     Hypersensitivity refers to allergic reactions of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

b     Cases received from an ongoing open-label study in South Africa.

 

9.       DATE OF FIRST AUTHORISATION/RENEWAL OF THE AUTHORISATION

 

Date of first authorisation: 11 March 2021

Date of latest renewal: 03 January 2022

 

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2.         What you need to know before you are given COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Warnings and precautions

Blood disorders

  • Venous thromboembolism: Blood clots in veins (venous thromboembolism (VTE)) have been observed rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.
  • Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome: A combination of blood clots and low levels of ‘platelets’ in the blood has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases with blood clots, including in unusual locations, such as the brain, liver, bowel and spleen in some cases in combination with bleeding. These cases mostly occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination and in women individuals below 60 years of age. Fatal outcome has been reported.
  • Neurological disorders

Guillain-Barré syndrome

  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop weakness and paralysis in the extremities that can progress to the chest and face (Guillain-Barré syndrome, GBS). This has been reported very rarely after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.
  • Inflammation of the spinal cord (transverse myelitis)
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop weakness in the arms or legs, sensory symptoms (such as tingling, numbness, pain or loss of pain sensation) or problems with bladder or bowel function. This has been reported very rarely after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

 

  • 4.            Possible side effects
  • Unknown (cannot be estimated from the available data)
  • severe allergic reaction
  • capillary leak syndrome (a condition causing fluid leakage from small blood vessels)
  • low levels of blood platelets (immune thrombocytopenia) that can be associated with bleeding (see section 2, ‘Blood Disorders’)
  • inflammation of the spinal cord

 

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4.2     Posology and method of administration

Posology

Individuals 18 years of age and older

Primary vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is administered as a single-dose of 0.5 mL by intramuscular injection only.

Booster dose

A booster dose (second dose) of 0.5 mL of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen may be administered intramuscularly at least 2 months after the primary vaccination in individuals 18 years of age and older (see also sections 4.4, 4.8 and 5.1).

A booster dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (0.5 mL) may be administered as a heterologous booster dose following completion of primary vaccination with an approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The dosing interval for the heterologous booster dose is the same as that authorised for a booster dose of the vaccine used for primary vaccination (see also sections 4.4, 4.8 and 5.1).

4.3     Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

A history of confirmed thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) following vaccination with any COVID-19 vaccine (see also section 4.4).

4.4     Special warnings and precautions for use

Coagulation disorders

  • Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome: A combination of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia, in some cases accompanied by bleeding, has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases of venous thrombosis at unusual sites such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), splanchnic vein thrombosis as well as arterial thrombosis concomitant with thrombocytopenia. Fatal outcome has been reported. These cases occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination, and mostly in women under 60 years of age.

Thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia requires specialised clinical management. Healthcare professionals should consult applicable guidance and/or consult specialists (e.g., haematologists, specialists in coagulation) to diagnose and treat this condition.

Individuals who have experienced thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome following vaccination with any COVID-19 vaccine should not receive COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (See also section 4.3).

  • Venous thromboembolism: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) has been observed rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (see section 4.8). This should be considered for individuals at increased risk for VTE.

 

Guillain-Barré syndrome

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) has been reported very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. Healthcare professionals should be alert of GBS signs and symptoms to ensure correct diagnosis, in order to initiate adequate supportive care and treatment and to rule out other causes.

Risk of very rare events after a booster dose

The risk of very rare events (such as coagulation disorders including thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, CLS and GBS) after a booster dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen has not yet been characterised.

 

4.8     Undesirable effects

Summary of safety profile

Primary vaccination (primary analysis)

The safety of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen was evaluated in an ongoing Phase 3 study (COV3001). A total of 21895 adults aged 18 years and older received a single-dose primary vaccination of COVID‑19 Vaccine Janssen. The median age of individuals was 52 years (range 18-100 years). The safety analysis was performed once the median follow-up duration of 2 months after vaccination was reached. Longer safety follow-up of > 2 months is available for 11948 adults who received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

In study COV3001, the most common local adverse reactions reported was injection site pain (48.6%). The most common systemic adverse reactions were headache (38.9%), fatigue (38.2%), myalgia (33.2%) and nausea (14.2%). Pyrexia (defined as body temperature ≥ 38.0°C) was observed in 9% of participants. Most adverse reactions occurred within 1–2 days following vaccination and were mild to moderate in severity and of short duration (1–2 days).

Reactogenicity was generally milder and reported less frequently in older adults (763 adults ≥ 65 years old).

The safety profile was generally consistent across participants with or without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection at baseline; a total of 2151 adults seropositive at baseline received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (9.8%).

Booster dose (second dose) following primary vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

The safety of a booster dose (second dose) with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen administered approximately 2 months after the primary vaccination was evaluated in an ongoing randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 Study (COV3009). In the FAS (full analysis set), from the 15708 adults aged 18 years and older who received 1 dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, a total of 8646 individuals received a second dose during the double-blind phase. In the reactogenicity subset, from the 3016 individuals who received 1 dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, 1559 individuals received a second dose during the double-blind phase. The median age of individuals was 53.0 years (range: 18-99 years). At the data-cut off (25 June 2021), the median follow-up duration after the booster dose with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen was 38 days. The solicited adverse reaction profile for the booster dose was similar to that after the first dose. There were no new safety signals identified.

Booster dose following primary vaccination with an approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine

The safety of a booster dose with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen administered at least 12 weeks after the primary vaccination with an approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine regimen was assessed after 2 doses of Spikevax (49 individuals) or Comirnaty (51 individuals), or 1 dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (50 individuals). The median age of individuals was 55.0 years (range: 20-77 years). At the data-cut off (24 September 2021), 98.7% of the subjects had completed the Day 29 visit after booster vaccination (none has reached Day 91). Following the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen heterologous booster, the solicited adverse reaction profile was similar to that following a COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen primary vaccination or homologous booster dose.

4.9     Overdose

No case of overdose has been reported. In pPhase 1/2 studies where a higher dose (up to 2-fold) was administered COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen remained well-tolerated, however vaccinated individuals reported an increase in reactogenicity (increased vaccination site pain, fatigue, headache, myalgia, nausea and pyrexia).

In the event of overdose, monitoring of vital functions and possible symptomatic treatment is recommended.

5.       PHARMACOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

5.1     Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Vaccines, other viral vaccines, ATC code: J07BX03

Mechanism of action

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is a monovalent vaccine composed of a recombinant, replication-incompetent human adenovirus type 26 vector that encodes a SARS-CoV-2 full-length spike (S) glycoprotein in a stabilised conformation. Following administration, the S glycoprotein of SARS‑CoV-2 is transiently expressed, stimulating both neutralising and other functional S-specific antibodies, as well as cellular immune responses directed against the S antigen, which may contribute to protection against COVID-19.

Clinical efficacy

Efficacy from a single-dose primary vaccination

Primary analysis

An A primary analysis (cut-off date 22 January 2021) ongoing of a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 study (COV3001) is being was conducted in the United States, South Africa and Latin American countries to assess the efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of a single-dose primary vaccination of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen for the prevention of COVID-19 in adults aged 18 years and older. The study excluded individuals with abnormal function of the immune system resulting from a clinical condition, individuals who are under immunosuppressive therapies within 6 months, as well as pregnant women. Participants with stable HIV infection under treatment were not excluded. Licensed vaccines, excluding live vaccines, could be administered more than 14 days before or more than 14 days after the vaccination in the study. Licensed live attenuated vaccines could be administered more than 28 days before or more than 28 days after the vaccination in the study.

A total of 44325 individuals were randomised in parallel in a 1:1 ratio to receive an intramuscular injection of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen or placebo. A total of 21895 adults received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen and 21888 adults received placebo. Participants were followed for a median follow-up of approximately 2 months 58 days (range: 1-124 days)after vaccination.

The primary efficacy analysis population of 39321 individuals included 38059 SARS-CoV-2 seronegative individuals at baseline and 1262 individuals with an unknown serostatus.

Demographic and baseline characteristics were similar among individuals who received the COVID‑19 Vaccine Janssen and those who received placebo. In the primary efficacy analysis population, among the individuals who received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, the median age was 52.0 years (range: 18 to 100 years); 79.7% (N=15646) of individuals were 18 to 64 years old [with 20.3% (N=3984) aged 65 or older and 3.8% (N=755) aged 75 or older]; 44.3% of individuals were female; 46.8% were from Northern America (United States), 40.6% were from Latin America and 12.6% were from Southern Africa (South Africa). A total of 7830 (39.9%) individuals had at least one pre-existing comorbidity associated with increased risk of progression to severe COVID-19 at baseline. Comorbidities included: obesity defined as BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2 (27.5%), hypertension (10.3%), type 2 diabetes (7.2%), stable/well-controlled HIV infection (2.5%), serious heart conditions (2.4%) and asthma (1.3%). Other comorbidities were present in ≤ 1% of the individuals.

COVID-19 cases were confirmed by a central laboratory based on a positive SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA result using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based test. Vaccine efficacy overall and by key age groups are presented in Table 2.

The primary efficacy analysis population of 39321 individuals included 38059 SARS-CoV-2 seronegative individuals at baseline and 1262 individuals with an unknown serostatus.

Demographic and baseline characteristics were similar among individuals who received the COVID‑19 Vaccine Janssen and those who received placebo. In the primary efficacy analysis population, among the individuals who received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, the median age was 52.0 years (range: 18 to 100 years); 79.7% (N=15646) of individuals were 18 to 64 years old [with 20.3% (N=3984) aged 65 or older and 3.8% (N=755) aged 75 or older]; 44.3% of individuals were female; 46.8% were from Northern America (United States), 40.6% were from Latin America and 12.6% were from Southern Africa (South Africa). A total of 7830 (39.9%) individuals had at least one pre-existing comorbidity associated with increased risk of progression to severe COVID-19 at baseline. Ccomorbidities included: obesity defined as BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2 (27.5%), hypertension (10.3%), type 2 diabetes (7.2%), stable/well-controlled HIV  infection (2.5%), serious heart conditions (2.4%) and asthma (1.3%). Other comorbidities were present in ≤ 1% of the individuals.

  

Table 2:      Analysis of vaccine efficacy against COVID-19b in SARS-CoV-2 seronegative adults - primary efficacy analysis population after a single-dose

Subgroup

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

N=19630

Placebo

N=19691

% Vaccine Efficacy

(95% CI)c

COVID-19 Cases (n)

Person-Years

COVID-19 Cases (n)

Person-Years

14 days post-vaccination

All subjectsa

116

3116.657

348

3096.12

66.9

(59. 03; 73.40

18 to 64 years of age

107

2530.327

297

2511.23

64.2

(55.326; 71.60)

65 years and older

9

586.31

51

584. 989

82.4

(63.9; 92.438)

75 years and older

0

107.437

8

99.215

100

(45.9; 100.00)

28 days post-vaccination

         

All subjectsa

66

3102.00

193

3070.765

66.1

(55.01; 74. 80)

18 to 64 years of age

60

2518.73

170

2490.11

65.1

(52.91; 74.545)

65 years and older

6

583.327

23

580.54

74.0

(34.40; 91.435)

75 years and older

0

106.42

3

98.106

a     Co-primary endpoint as defined in the protocol.

b     Symptomatic COVID-19 requiring positive RT-PCR result and at least 1 respiratory sign or symptom or 2 other systemic signs or symptoms, as defined in the protocol.

c     Confidence intervals for ‘All Subjects’ were adjusted to implement type I error control for multiple testing. Confidence intervals for age groups are presented unadjusted.

 

Table 3:      Analyses of vaccine efficacy against severe COVID-19a in SARS-CoV-2 seronegative adults - primary efficacy analysis population after a single-dose

Subgroup

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

N=19630

Placebo

N=19691

% Vaccine Efficacy

(95% CI)b

COVID-19 Cases (n)

Person-Years

COVID-19 Cases (n)

Person-Years

14 days post-vaccination

Severe

14

3125.105

60

3122.0

76.7

(54.6; 89.1)

28 days post-vaccination

Severe

5

3106.2

34

3082.6

85.4

(54.2; 96.9)

Prior to unblinding, supplementary analyses, considered post-hoc, of positive cases using PCR-based tests regardless of confirmation by the central laboratory generally support the results of the primary analysis.

Beyond 14 days after vaccination, 2 vs. 8 cases of molecularly confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalised, respectively in the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen vs. placebo group. One case in the placebo group required Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission and mechanical ventilation. The finding was supported by post-hoc analysis of all COVID-19 related hospitalisations implementing a broader search based on all available information from any source (2 vs. 29 cases in the extended data set).

Subgroup analyses of the primary efficacy endpoint showed similar efficacy point estimates for male and female participants, as well as for participants with and without medical comorbidities associated with high risk of severe COVID-19.

Exploratory subgroup analyses of vaccine efficacy against COVID-19 and severe COVID-19 for Brazil, South Africa, and the United States were conducted (see Table 4). For the subgroup analyses, all COVID-19 cases accrued up to the primary efficacy analysis data cut-off date, including cases confirmed by the central laboratory and cases with documented positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR from a local laboratory which are still awaiting confirmation by the central laboratory, were included.

Table 4:      Summary of vaccine efficacy against COVID-19 and severe COVID-19 for countries with > 100 reported cases

 

Onset

Severity

COVID-19

point estimate (95% CI)

Severe COVID-19

point estimate (95% CI)

US

at least 14 days after vaccination

74.4% (65.00; 81.57)

78.0% (33.13; 94.58)

at least 28 days after vaccination

72.0% (58.19; 81.71)

85.9% (-9.38; 99.69)

Brazil

at least 14 days after vaccination

66.2% (51.01; 77.14)

81.9% (17.01; 98.05)

at least 28 days after vaccination

68.1% (48.81; 80.74)

87.6% (7.84; 99.72)

South Africa

at least 14 days after vaccination

52.0% (30.26; 67.44)

73.1% (40.03; 89.36)

at least 28 days after vaccination

64.0% (41.19; 78.66)

81.7% (46.18; 95.42)

 

Samples from 71.7% of central laboratory confirmed primary analysis cases had been sequenced [United States (73.5%), South Africa (66.9%) and Brazil (69.3%)]. Of the sequenced samples there is an imbalance in the completeness of the dataset between COVID‑19 Vaccine Janssen and placebo. In the United States, 96.4% of strains were identified as the Wuhan-H1 variant D614G; in South Africa, 94.5% of strains were identified as the 20H/501Y.V2 variant (B.1.351 lineage); in Brazil, 69.4% of strains were identified to be a variant of the P.2 lineage and 30.6% of strains were identified as the Wuhan-H1 variant D614G. 

 

Updated Final analyses

The final updated efficacy analyses at the end of the  double-blind phase (cut-off date 09 July 2021) were performed with additional confirmed COVID-19 cases accrued during blinded, placebo-controlled follow‑up, with a median follow-up of 4 months after a single-dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.    

  

 

Table 4:      Analysis of vaccine efficacy against symptomatica and severeb COVID‑19 – 14 days and 28 days after a single-dose

Endpointc

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Placebo

% Vaccine Efficacy

N=19577d

N=19608d

(95% CI)

 

COVID-19 Cases

(n)

Person-Years

COVID-19 Cases

(n)

Person-Years

 

14 days post-vaccination

       

Symptomatic COVID-19

484

6685.6

1067

6440.2

56.3

(51.3; 60.9)

         

18 to 64 years of age

438

5572.0

944

5363.6

55.3

(49.9; 60.2)

         

65 years and older

46

1113.6

123

1076.6

63.8

(48.9; 74.8)

         

75 years and older

9

198.2

15

170.9

48.3

(-26.1; 80.1)

         

Severe COVID-19

56

6774.6

205

6625.2

73.3

(63.9; 80.5)

         

18 to 64 years of age

46

5653.8

175

5531.4

74.3

(64.2; 81.8)

         

65 years and older

10

1120.8

30

1093.8

67.5

(31.6; 85.8)

         

75 years and older

2

199.4

6

172.4

71.2

(-61.2; 97.2)

         

28 days post-vaccination

         

Symptomatic COVID-19

433

6658.4

883

6400.4

52.9

(47.1; 58.1)

         

18 to 64 years of age

393

5549.9

790

5330.5

52.2

(46.0; 57.8)

         

65 years and older

40

1108.5

93

1069.9

58.5

(39.3; 72.1)

         

75 years and older

9

196.0

10

169.3

22.3

(-112.8; 72.1)

         

Severe COVID-19

46

6733.8

176

6542.1

74.6

(64.7; 82.1)

         

18 to 64 years of age

38

5619.2

150

5460.5

75.4

(64.7; 83.2)

         

65 years and older

8

1114.6

26

1081.6

70.1

(32.1; 88.3)

         

75 years and older

2

197.2

5

170.1

65.5

(-110.7; 96.7)

         

a     Symptomatic COVID-19 requiring positive RT-PCR result and at least 1 respiratory sign or symptom or 2 other systemic signs or symptoms, as defined in the protocol.

b     Final determination of severe COVID-19 cases was made by an independent adjudication committee, who also assigned disease severity according to the definition per FDA guidance.

c        Co-primary endpoint as defined in the protocol.

d     Per-protocol efficacy population

         

 

Beyond 14 days after vaccination, 18 vs. 74 cases of molecularly confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalised, respectively in the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen vs. placebo group, resulting in 76.1% (adjusted 95% CI: 56.9; 87.7) vaccine efficacy. A total of 5 cases in the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen group vs. 17 cases in the placebo group required Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission and 4 vs. 8 cases in the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen and placebo group respectively required mechanical ventilation.

 

Vaccine efficacy against asymptomatic infections at least 28 days after vaccination was 28.9% (95% CI: 20.0; 36.8) and against all SARS-CoV-2 infections was 41.7% (95% CI: 36.3; 46.7).

 

Subgroup analyses of the primary efficacy endpoint showed similar efficacy point estimates for male and female participants, as well as for participants with and without medical comorbidities associated with high risk of severe COVID-19.

 

A summary of vaccine efficacy by variant strain is presented in Table 5 below:

 

Table 5:      Summary of vaccine efficacy against symptomatica and severeb COVID‑19 by variant strain following a single-dose

Variant

Onset

Severity

Symptomatic COVID-19

% Vaccine Efficacy

(95% CI)

Severe COVID-19

% Vaccine Efficacy

(95% CI)

 

Reference

At least 14 days after vaccination

71.5%

(57.3; 81.4)

89.7%

(57.3; 98.8)

At least 28 days after vaccination

58.2%

(35.0; 73.7)

93.1%

(54.4; 99.8)

 

Alpha (B.1.1.7)

At least 14 days after vaccination

70.1%

(35.1; 87.6)

51.1%

(-241.2; 95.6)

At least 28 days after vaccination

70.2%

(35.3; 87.6)

51.4%

(-239.0; 95.6)

 

Beta (B.1.351)

At least 14 days after vaccination

38.1%

(4.2; 60.4)

70.2%

(28.4; 89.2)

At least 28 days after vaccination

51.9%

(19.1; 72.2)

78.4%

(34.5; 94.7)

 

Gamma (P.1)

At least 14 days after vaccination

36.4%

(13.9; 53.2)

63.3%

(18.3; 85.0)

At least 28 days after vaccination

36.5%

(14.1; 53.3)

63.6%

(18.8; 85.1)

 

Zeta (P.2)

At least 14 days after vaccination

64.8%

(47.3; 77.0)

91.1%

(38.8; 99.8)

At least 28 days after vaccination

64.1%

(42.5; 78.3)

87.9%

(9.4; 99.7)

 

Mu (B.1.621)

At least 14 days after vaccination

35.8%

(1.5; 58.6)

79.4%

(38.1; 94.9)

At least 28 days after vaccination

35.9%

(1.7; 58.7)

79.5%

(38.5; 94.9)

 

Lambda (C.37)

At least 14 days after vaccination

10.0%

(-39.5; 42.0)

67.4%

(-30.6; 94.3)

At least 28 days after vaccination

10.1%

(-39.2; 42.1)

67.6%

(-29.8; 94.4)

 

Delta (B.1.617.2/AY.1/AY.2)

At least 14 days after vaccination

-6.0%

(-178.3; 59.2)

NE*

NE*

At least 28 days after vaccination

-5.7%

(-177.7; 59.2)

NE*

NE*

 

Other

At least 14 days after vaccination

73.2%

(65.4; 79.4)

81.4%

(59.8; 92.5)

At least 28 days after vaccination

69.0%

(59.1; 76.8)

75.7%

(46.2; 90.3)

 

a     Symptomatic COVID-19 requiring positive RT-PCR result and at least 1 respiratory sign or symptom or 2 other systemic signs or symptoms, as defined in the protocol.

b     Final determination of severe COVID-19 cases was made by an independent adjudication committee, who also assigned disease severity according to the definition per FDA guidance.

*    If less than 6 cases are observed for an endpoint then the VE will not be shown. NE = not estimable.

     

 

Efficacy of two-doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen administered 2 months apart

 

A final analysis (cut-off date 25 June 2021) of a multicenter, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 study (COV3009) was conducted in North and Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia to assess the efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity of 2 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen administered with a 56-day interval. The study excluded individuals with abnormal function of the immune system resulting from a clinical condition, individuals who were under immunosuppressive therapies within 6 months, as well as pregnant women. Participants with stable HIV infection under treatment were not excluded. Licensed vaccines, excluding live vaccines, could be administered more than 14 days before or more than 14 days after the vaccination in the study. Licensed live attenuated vaccines could be administered more than 28 days before or more than 28 days after the vaccination in the study.

 

A total of 31300 individuals were randomised in the double-blind phase of the study. In total, 14492 (46.3%) individuals were included in the per-protocol efficacy population (7484 individuals received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen and 7008 individuals received placebo). Participants were followed for a median of 36 days (range: 0-172 days) after vaccination.

 

Demographic and baseline characteristics were similar among individuals who received at least two doses of the COVID‑19 Vaccine Janssen and those who received placebo. In the primary efficacy analysis population, among the individuals who received 2 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, the median age was 50.0 years (range: 18 to 99 years); 87.0% (N=6512) of individuals were 18 to 64 years old [with 13.0% (N=972) aged 65 or older and 1.9% (N=144) aged 75 or older]; 45.4% of individuals were female; 37.5% were from North America (United States), 51.0% were from Europe (including UK), 5.4% were from South Africa, 1.9% from Philippines and 4.2% from Latin America. A total of 2747 (36.7%) individuals had at least one pre-existing comorbidity associated with increased risk of progression to severe COVID-19 at baseline. Comorbidities included: obesity defined as BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2 (24.6%), hypertension (8.9%), sleep apnea (6.7%), type 2 diabetes (5.2%), serious heart conditions (3.6%), asthma (1.7%) and stable/well-controlled HIV infection (1.3%). Other comorbidities were present in ≤ 1% of the individuals.

 

Vaccine efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 and severe COVID-19 is presented in Table 6 below:

 

Table 6:      Analysis of vaccine efficacy against symptomatica and severeb COVID‑19 – 14 days post-booster dose (second dose)

Endpoint

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

N=7484c

Placebo

N=7008c

% Vaccine Efficacy

(95% CI)d

COVID-19 Cases (n)

Person-Years

COVID-19 Cases (n)

Person-Years

Symptomatic COVID-19

14

1730.0

52

1595.0

75.2

(54.6; 87.3)

Severe COVID-19

0

1730.7

8e

1598.9

100

(32.6; 100.0)

a     Symptomatic COVID-19 requiring positive RT-PCR result and at least 1 respiratory sign or symptom or 2 other systemic signs or symptoms, as defined in the protocol.

b     Final determination of severe COVID-19 cases was made by an independent adjudication committee, who also assigned disease severity according to the definition per FDA guidance.

c     Per-protocol efficacy population.

d     Confidence intervals were adjusted to implement type I error control for multiple testing.

e     Of the 8 participants with severe disease, 1 was admitted to an intensive care unit.

         

 

Approximately 68% of centrally confirmed strains have been sequenced as of this analysis (July 2021). Preliminary analysis results of variants with sufficient cases available for meaningful interpretations (Alpha [B.1.1.7] and Mu [B.1.621]) show that, after the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, efficacy 14 days post-dose 1 (Day 15-Day 56) for these 2 variants was 71.6% [95% CI: 43.2; 86.9] and 43.9% [95% CI: -43.4; 79.6], respectively. After the second dose (≥71 days), efficacy for Alpha and Mu was 94.2% [95% CI: 62.9; 99.9] and 63.1% [95% CI: -27.9; 91.6], respectively. Therefore, statistically significant efficacy for Mu was not demonstrated. There were only few Delta cases (2 and 1 in the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen group and placebo group, respectively) and no reference strain cases in either the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen or placebo group in the follow-up 14 days after the booster dose (≥71 days).

 

Vaccine efficacy against asymptomatic infections at least 14 days after second vaccination was 34.2% (95% CI: -6.4; 59.8).

 

Immunogenicity of a booster dose (second dose) following primary vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

 

It should be noted that there is no established immune correlate of protection. In a Phase 2 Study (COV2001), individuals 18 through 55 years of age and 65 years and older received a booster dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen approximately 2 months after the primary vaccination. Immunogenicity was assessed by measuring neutralising antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 Victoria/1/2020 strain using a qualified wild-type virus neutralisation assay (wtVNA). Immunogenicity data are available from 39 individuals, of whom 15 were 65 years of age and older, and are summarised in Table 7.

 

Table 7:      SARS-CoV-2 Neutralisation Wild Type VNA-VICTORIA/1/2020 (IC50), Study COV2001 Group 1, Per-Protocol Immunogenicity Set*

 

Baseline

(Day 1)

28 Days Post-Primary Vaccination (Day 29)

Pre-Booster Dose

(Day 57)

14 Days Post-Booster Dose (Day 71)

28 Days Post-Booster Dose (Day 85)

N

38

39

39

39

38

Geometric mean titre (95% CI)

<LLOQ (<LLOQ, <LLOQ)

260 (196; 346)

212 (142; 314)

518 (354; 758)

424 (301; 597)

Geometric mean fold increase (95% CI) from pre-booster

n/a

n/a

n/a

2.3

(1.7; 3.1)

1.8

(1.4; 2.4)

LLOQ = lower limit of quantification

*    PPI set: The per-protocol immunogenicity population includes all randomised and vaccinated individuals for whom immunogenicity data are available excluding individuals with major protocol deviations expected to impact the immunogenicity outcomes. In addition, samples obtained after missed vaccinations or individuals with natural SARS-CoV-2 infection occurring after screening (if applicable) were excluded from the analysis.

         

 

Neutralising antibody and binding antibody increases against the reference SARS-CoV-2 strain were also observed in studies COV1001, COV1002 and COV2001 in a limited number of study participants after a boost given at 2, 3 and 6 months, when compared to pre-boost values. Overall, the increases of GMTs pre-boost to 1 month post-boost ranged from 1.5 to 4.4 fold for neutralising antibodies, and from 2.5 to 5.8 fold for binding antibodies. A 2-fold decrease in antibody levels was observed 4 months following 2-month booster dose, compared to 1 month following 2-month booster dose. Ab levels were still higher than antibody levels following a single-dose at a similar timepoint. These data support the administration of a booster dose when administered at an interval of 2 months or longer after primary vaccination.

 

Immunogenicity of a booster dose following primary vaccination with an approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine

 

An independent Phase 1/2 open-label clinical trial (NCT04889209) conducted in the United States that evaluated a heterologous booster dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. Immunogenicity was assessed by using a psVNA based on a lentivirus expressing the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein with D614G mutation. Due to the limited sample size, differences observed are only descriptive. In this study, adults who had completed primary vaccination with a Spikevax 2-dose series (N=151), a COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen single-dose (N=156), or a Comirnaty 2-dose series (N=151) at least 12 weeks prior to enrollment and who reported no history of SARS-CoV-2 infection were randomised 1:1:1 to receive a booster dose of one of three vaccines: Spikevax, COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, or Comirnaty. Neutralising antibody titres were assessed on Day 1 prior to administration of the booster dose and on Day 15 and Day 29 after the booster dose. A booster response to the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen was demonstrated regardless of primary vaccination. The antibody level on Day 15 after a heterologous boost by COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is lower than after a homologous boost by a licensed mRNA vaccine while on Day 29, neutralising antibody titers are roughly similar between both regimens. Data indicate the homologous regimen with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen induces lower antibody responses compared to heterologous boosting with a licensed mRNA vaccine. The clinical relevance of this is unknown. Only short-term immunogenicity data are available, long-term protection and immunological memory are currently unknown.  

 

5.3     Preclinical safety data

Non-clinical data reveal no special hazards for humans based on conventional studies of repeat-dose toxicity and local tolerance, and reproductive and developmental toxicity. 

Genotoxicity and carcinogenicity

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen has not been evaluated for its genotoxic or carcinogenic potential. The components of the vaccine are not expected to have genotoxic or carcinogenic potential.

Reproductive toxicity and fertility

Female reproductive toxicity and fertility were assessed in a combined embryo-foetal and pre- and post-natal development study in the rabbit. In this study a first vaccination of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen was administered intramuscularly to female rabbits 7 days prior to mating, at a dose equivalent to 2-fold above the recommended human dose, followed by two vaccinations at the same dose during the gestation period (i.e., at gestational days 6 and 20). There were no vaccine-related effects on female fertility, pregnancy, or embryo-foetal or offspring development. The parental females as well as their foetuses and offspring exhibited SARS-CoV-2 S protein-specific antibody titeres, indicating that maternal antibodies were transferred to the foetuses during gestation. No COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen data are available on vaccine excretion in milk.

 

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2.         What you need to know before you are given COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Do not have the vaccine if

  • You are allergic to the active substance or any of the other ingredients of this vaccine (listed in section 6).
  • You have had a blood clot occurring at the same time as having low levels of blood platelets (thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, TTS) after receiving any COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

Guillain-Barré syndrome

Seek immediate medical attention if you develop weakness and paralysis in the extremities that can progress to the chest and face (Guillain-Barré syndrome, GBS). This has been reported very rarely after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

Risk of very rare events after a booster dose

The risk of very rare events (such as blood disorders including thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, CLS and GBS) after a booster dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is unknown.

 

3.       How COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is given

Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will inject the vaccine into the muscle - usually in the upper arm.

How much vaccine will you receive

A single-dose primary vaccination (0.5 mL) of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is injected.

A booster dose (second dose) of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen may be given at least 2 months after the primary vaccination in individuals 18 years of age and older.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen may be administered as a single booster dose to eligible individuals who have completed primary vaccination with an approved mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The dosing interval for the booster dose is the same as that authorised for a booster dose of the vaccine used for primary vaccination.

After the injection your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will watch over you for around 15 minutes to monitor for signs of an allergic reaction.

If you have any further questions on the use of this vaccine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

 

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Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before you are given COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen if:

  • you have ever had a severe allergic reaction after injection of any other vaccine,
  • you have ever fainted following any needle injection,
  • you have a severe infection with a high temperature (over 38°C). However, you can have your vaccination if you have a mild fever or upper airway infection like a cold,
  • you have a problem with bleeding or bruising, or if you are taking an anticoagulant medicine (to prevent blood clots),
  • your immune system does not work properly (immunodeficiency) or you are taking medicines that weaken the immune system (such as high-dose corticosteroids, immunosuppressants or cancer medicines),
  • you have risk factors for blood clots in your veins (venous thromboembolism (VTE)).

Blood disorders

  • A combination of blood clots and low levels of ‘platelets’ in the blood has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases with blood clots, including in unusual locations, such as the brain, liver, bowel and spleen in some cases in combination with bleeding. These cases mostly occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination and in women below 60 years of age. Fatal outcome has been reported.
  • Seek immediate medical attention, if you experience severe or persistent headaches, seizures (fits), mental status changes or blurred vision, unexplained skin bruising beyond the site of vaccination which appear a few days after vaccination, pinpoint round spots beyond the site of vaccination, develop shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain. Inform your healthcare provider that you have recently received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.
  • Venous thromboembolism: Blood clots in veins (venous thromboembolism (VTE)) have been observed rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.
  • Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome: A combination of blood clots and low levels of ‘platelets’ in the blood has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases with blood clots, including in unusual locations, such as the brain, liver, bowel and spleen in some cases in combination with bleeding. These cases mostly occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination and in women below 60 years of age. Fatal outcome has been reported.
  • Immune thrombocytopenia: Very low levels of blood platelets (immune thrombocytopenia), that can be associated with bleeding, have been reported very rarely, usually within the first four weeks following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.
  • Seek immediate medical attention, if you experience symptoms that may be signs of blood disorders: severe or persistent headaches, seizures (fits), mental status changes or blurred vision, unexplained bleeding, unexplained skin bruising beyond the site of vaccination which appear a few days after vaccination, pinpoint round spots beyond the site of vaccination, develop shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain. Inform your healthcare provider that you have recently received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

4.  Possible side effects

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • rash
  • muscle weakness
  • arm or leg pain
  • feeling weak
  • feeling generally unwell
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • back pain
  • tremor
  • excessive sweating
  • unusual feeling in the skin, such as tingling or a crawling feeling (paraesthesia)
  • diarrhoea
  • dizziness

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1000 people

  • allergic reaction
  • hives
  • swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)
  • decreased feeling or sensitivity, especially in the skin (hypoaesthesia)
  • persistent ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • vomiting
  • blood clots in veins (venous thromboembolism (VTE))

Unknown (cannot be estimated from the available data)

  • severe allergic reaction
  • capillary leak syndrome (a condition causing fluid leakage from small blood vessels)
  • low levels of blood platelets (immune thrombocytopenia) that can be associated with bleeding (see section 2, Blood Disorders)

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Concurrent illness

Vaccination should be postponed in individuals suffering from an acute severe febrile illness or acute infection. However, the presence of a minor infection and/or low-grade fever should not delay vaccination.

Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndromeCoagulation disorders

Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome: A combination of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia, in some cases accompanied by bleeding, has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases of venous thrombosis at unusual sites such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), splanchnic vein thrombosis as well as arterial thrombosis concomitant with thrombocytopenia. Fatal outcome has been reported. These cases occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination, and mostly in women under 60 years of age.

Healthcare professionals should be alert to the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism and/or thrombocytopenia. Those vaccinated should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain following vaccination. Additionally, anyone with neurological symptoms including severe or persistent headaches, seizures, mental status changes or blurred vision after vaccination, or who experiences skin bruising (petechia) beyond the site of vaccination after a few days, should seek prompt medical attention.

Thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia requires specialised clinical management. Healthcare professionals should consult applicable guidance and/or consult specialists (e.g., haematologists, specialists in coagulation) to diagnose and treat this condition.

Individuals diagnosed with thrombocytopenia within 3 weeks after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen should be actively investigated for signs of thrombosis. Similarly, individuals who present with thrombosis within 3 weeks of vaccination should be evaluated for thrombocytopenia.

  • Venous thromboembolism: Venous thromboembolism has been observed rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (see section 4.8). This should be considered for individuals at increased risk for VTE.
  • Immune thrombocytopenia: Cases of immune thrombocytopenia with very low platelet levels (<20,000 per μL) have been reported very rarely after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, usually within the first four weeks after receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This included cases with bleeding and cases with fatal outcome. Some of these cases occurred in individuals with a history of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). If an individual has a history of ITP, the risks of developing low platelet levels should be considered before vaccination, and platelet monitoring is recommended after vaccination.

 

Healthcare professionals should be alert to the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism and/or thrombocytopenia. Those vaccinated should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain following vaccination. Additionally, anyone with neurological symptoms including severe or persistent headaches, seizures, mental status changes or blurred vision after vaccination, or who experiences spontaneous bleeding, skin bruising (petechia) beyond the site of vaccination after a few days, should seek prompt medical attention.

 

Individuals diagnosed with thrombocytopenia within 3 weeks after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen should be actively investigated for signs of thrombosis. Similarly, individuals who present with thrombosis within 3 weeks of vaccination should be evaluated for thrombocytopenia.

  • Venous thromboembolism: Venous thromboembolism has been observed rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (see section 4.8). This should be considered for individuals at increased risk for VTE.
  • Immune thrombocytopenia: Cases of immune thrombocytopenia with very low platelet levels (<20,000 per μL) have been reported very rarely after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, usually within the first four weeks after receiving COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This included cases with bleeding and cases with fatal outcome. Some of these cases occurred in individuals with a history of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). If an individual has a history of ITP, the risks of developing low platelet levels should be considered before vaccination, and platelet monitoring is recommended after vaccination.

Healthcare professionals should be alert to the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism and/or thrombocytopenia. Those vaccinated should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain following vaccination. Additionally, anyone with neurological symptoms including severe or persistent headaches, seizures, mental status changes or blurred vision after vaccination, or who experiences spontaneous bleeding, skin bruising (petechia) beyond the site of vaccination after a few days, should seek prompt medical attention.

Individuals diagnosed with thrombocytopenia within 3 weeks after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen should be actively investigated for signs of thrombosis. Similarly, individuals who present with thrombosis within 3 weeks of vaccination should be evaluated for thrombocytopenia.

4.8     Undesirable effects

Table 1:          Adverse reactions reported following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

System Organ Class

Very common

(≥ 1/10)

Common

(≥ 1/100 to < 1/10)

Uncommon

(≥ 1/1000 to < 1/100)

Rare

(≥ 1/10000 to < 1/1000)

Very Rare (< 1/10000)

Not known

(cannot be estimated from the available data)

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

 

 

 

Lymph-adenopathy

 

Immune thrombo-cytopenia

Immune system disorders

 

 

 

Hypersensitivitya; urticaria

 

Anaphylaxisb

 

Nervous system disorders

Headache

 

Tremor;

dizziness;

paraesthesia

Hypoaesthesia

Guillain-Barré syndrome

 

Ear and labyrinth disorders

 

 

 

Tinnitus

 

 

Vascular disorders

 

 

 

Venous thromboembolism

Thrombosis in combination with thrombo-cytopenia

Capillary leak syndrome

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

 

Cough

Sneezing; oropharyngeal pain

 

 

 

Gastrointestinal disorders

Nausea

 

Diarrhoea

Vomiting

 

 

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

 

 

Rash; hyperhidrosis

 

 

 

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Myalgia

Arthralgia

Muscular weakness; pain in extremity; back pain

 

 

 

General disorders and administration site conditions

Fatigue; injection site pain

Pyrexia; injection site erythema; injection site swelling; chills

Asthenia; malaise

 

 

 

a     Hypersensitivity refers to allergic reactions of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

b     Cases received from an ongoing open-label study in South Africa.

c     Severe and very rare cases of thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia have been reported post‑marketing. These included venous thrombosis such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, splanchnic vein thrombosis, as well as arterial thrombosis (see section 4.4).

 

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6.3       Shelf life

Unopened vial

2 years when stored at -25°C to ‑15°C.

Once removed from the freezer, the unopened vaccine may be stored refrigerated at 2°C to 8°C, protected from light, for a single period of up to 34.5 months, not exceeding the printed expiry date (EXP).

Once thawed, the vaccine should not be re-frozen.

For special precautions for storage, see section 6.4.

Opened vial (after first puncture of the vial)

Chemical and physical in-use stability, including during transportation, of the vaccine has been demonstrated for 6 hours at 2°C to 25°C. From a microbiological point of view, the product should preferably be used immediately after first puncture of the vial; however, the product can be stored between 2°C to 8°C for a maximum of 6 hours or remain at room temperature (maximally 25°C) up to 3 hours after first puncture of the vial. Beyond these times, in-use storage is the responsibility of the user.

 

6.4       Special precautions for storage

Store and transport frozen at ‑25°C to ‑15°C. The expiry date for storage at -25°C to -15°C is printed on the vial and outer carton after “EXP”.

When stored frozen at ‑25°C to ‑15°C, the vaccine can be thawed either at 2°C to 8°C or at room temperature:

  • at 2°C to 8°C: a carton of 10 or 20 vials will take approximately 13 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 2 hours to thaw.
  • at room temperature (maximally 25°C): a carton of 10 or 20 vials will take approximately 4 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 1 hour to thaw.

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator or transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 34.5  months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be crossed out. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

Once thawed, the vaccine cannot be re-frozen.

Keep the vials in the original carton in order to protect from light.

Unopened COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is stable for a total of 12 hours at 9°C to 25°C. It is not a recommended storage or shipping condition but may guide decisions for use in case of temporary temperature excursions during the 34.5 month storage at 2°C to 8°C.

6.6       Special precautions for disposal and other handling

a.       Storage upon receipt of vaccine

IF YOU RECEIVE YOUR VACCINE FROZEN AT -25°C to -15°C you may:

 

 

-25°C to -15°C

 

OR

 

2°C to 8°C

 

Store in a freezer

  • The vaccine can be stored and transported frozen at -25°C to -15°C.
  • The expiry date for storage is printed on the vial and outer carton after “EXP” (see section 6.4).

Store in a refrigerator

  • The vaccine can also be stored and transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 34.5 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP).
  • Upon moving the product to a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be crossed out (see section 6.4).

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5.         How to store COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Do not re-freeze vaccine once thawed.

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator or transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 34.5 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be crossed out. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

 

The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:

Instructions for administration and handling

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator or transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 34.5 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be crossed out. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

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4.8     Undesirable effects

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

Adverse drug reactions observed during study COV3001 or from post marketing sources are organised by MedDRA System Organ Class (SOC). Frequency categories are defined as follows:

Very common (≥ 1/10);

Common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10);

Uncommon (≥ 1/1000 to < 1/100);

Rare (≥ 1/10000 to < 1/1000);

Very rare (< 1/10000);

Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

Table 1:          Adverse reactions reported following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

System Organ Class

Very common

(≥ 1/10)

Common

(≥ 1/100 to < 1/10)

Uncommon

(≥ 1/1000 to < 1/100)

Rare

(≥ 1/10000 to < 1/1000)

Very Rare (< 1/10000)

Not known

(cannot be estimated from the available data)

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

 

 

 

Lymph-adenopathy

 

 

Immune system disorders

 

 

 

Hypersensitivitya; urticaria

  

Anaphylaxisb

Nervous system disorders

Headache

 

Tremor; paraesthesia

Hypoaesthesia

Guillain-Barré syndrome

 Capillary leak syndrome

Ear and labyrinth disorders

 

 

  

Tinnitus

 

 

Vascular disorders

 

 

 

 

Thrombosis in combination with thrombo-cytopeniac

Capillary leak syndrome

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

 

Cough

Sneezing; oropharyngeal pain

 

 

 

Gastrointestinal disorders

Nausea

 

Diarrhoea

Vomiting

 

 

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

 

 

Rash; hyperhidrosis

 

 

 

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Myalgia

Arthralgia

Muscular weakness; pain in extremity; back pain

 

 

 

General disorders and administration site conditions

Fatigue; injection site pain

Pyrexia; injection site erythema; injection site swelling; chills

Asthenia; malaise

 

 

 

a     Hypersensitivity refers to allergic reactions of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

b     Cases received from an ongoing open-label study in South Africa.

c     Severe and very rare cases of thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia have been reported post‑marketing. These included venous thrombosis such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, splanchnic vein thrombosis, as well as arterial thrombosis (see section 4.4).

 

6.3       Shelf life

Opened vial (after first puncture of the vial)

Chemical and physical in-use stability of the vaccine has been demonstrated for 6 hours at 2°C to 25°C. From a microbiological point of view, the product should preferably be used immediately after first puncture of the vial; however, the product can be stored between 2°C to 8°C for a maximum of 6 hours or remain at room temperature (maximally 25°C) up to 3 hours after first puncture of the vial. Beyond these times, in-use storage is the responsibility of the user.

6.4       Special precautions for storage

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 3 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be made unreadable crossed out. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

Once thawed, the vaccine cannot be re-frozen.

Keep the vials in the original carton in order to protect from light.

Unopened COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is stable for a total of 12 hours at 9°C to 25°C. It is not a recommended storage or shipping condition but may guide decisions for use in case of temporary temperature excursions during the 3 month storage at 2°C to 8°C.

 

6.6     Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Handling instructions and administration

This vaccine should be handled by a healthcare professional using aseptic technique to ensure the sterility of each dose.

  • The vaccine comes ready to use once thawed.
  • The vaccine may be supplied frozen at -25°C to -15°C or thawed at 2°C to 8°C.
  • Do not re-freeze vaccine once thawed.
  • Keep the vials in the original carton in order to protect from light and to record the expiry for the different storage conditions, if applicable.

 

a.       Storage upon receipt of vaccine

IF YOU RECEIVE YOUR VACCINE FROZEN AT -25°C to -15°C you may:

 

 

-25°C to -15°C

 

OR

 

2°C to 8°C

 

Store in a freezer

  • The vaccine can be stored and transported frozen at -25°C to -15°C.
  • The expiry date for storage is printed on the vial and outer carton after “EXP” (see section 6.4).

Store in a refrigerator

  • The vaccine can also be stored and transported at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 3 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP).
  • Upon moving the product to a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be made unreadable crossed out (see section 6.4).

 

IF YOU RECEIVE YOUR VACCINE THAWED AT 2°C to 8°C you should store in a refrigerator:

 

2°C to 8°C 

 

 Do not re-freeze if the product is received already thawed at 2°C to 8°C.

 

Note: If the vaccine is received refrigerated at 2°C to 8°C, check that the expiry date has been updated by the local supplier upon receipt. If you cannot find the new EXP date, contact the local supplier to confirm the refrigerated EXP date. Write the new expiry date on the outer carton before the vaccine is stored in the refrigerator. The original expiry date should be made unreadable crossed out (see section 6.4).

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Blood disorders

A combination of blood clots and low levels of ‘platelets’ in the blood has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases with blood clots, including in unusual locations, such as the brain, liver, bowel and spleen in some cases in combination with bleeding. These cases mostly occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination and occurred mostly in women below 60 years of age. Fatal outcome has been reported.

4.         Possible side effects

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • rash
  • muscle weakness
  • arm or leg pain
  • feeling weak
  • feeling generally unwell
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • back pain
  • tremor
  • excessive sweating
  • unusual feeling in the skin, such as tingling or a crawling feeling (paraesthesia)
  • diarrhoea

 

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1000 people

  • allergic reaction
  • hives
  • swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)
  • decreased feeling or sensitivity, especially in the skin (hypoaesthesia)
  • persistent ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • vomiting

5.         How to store COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Do not re-freeze vaccine once thawed.

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 3 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be made unreadable crossed out. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

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4.4     Special warnings and precautions for use

Capillary leak syndrome

Very rare cases of capillary leak syndrome (CLS) have been reported in the first days after vaccination with COVID Covid-19 vaccine Vaccine Janssen, in some cases with a fatal outcome. A history of CLS has been reported. CLS is a rare disorder characterised by acute episodes of oedema mainly affecting the limbs, hypotension, haemoconcentration and hypoalbuminaemia. Patients with an acute episode of CLS following vaccination require prompt recognition and treatment. Intensive supportive therapy is usually warranted. Individuals with a known history of CLS should not be vaccinated with this vaccine. See also section 4.3.

Guillain-Barré syndrome

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) has been reported very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. Healthcare professionals should be alert of GBS signs and symptoms to ensure correct diagnosis, in order to initiate adequate supportive care and treatment and to rule out other causes.

4.8     Undesirable effects

Table 1:          Adverse reactions reported following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

System Organ Class

Very common

(≥ 1/10)

Common

(≥ 1/100 to < 1/10)

Uncommon

(≥ 1/1 000 to < 1/100)

Rare

(≥ 1/10 000 to < 1/1 000)

Very Rare (< 1/10 000)

Not known

(cannot be estimated from the available data)

Immune system disorders

 

 

 

Hypersensitivitya; urticaria

 

Anaphylaxisb

Nervous system disorders

Headache

 

Tremor

 

Guillain-Barré syndrome

 

Vascular disorders

 

 

 

 

Thrombosis in combination with thrombo-cytopenia*

Capillary leak syndrome

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

 

Cough

Sneezing; oropharyngeal pain

 

 

 

Gastrointestinal disorders

Nausea

 

 

 

 

 

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

 

 

Rash; hyperhidrosis

 

 

 

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Myalgia

Arthralgia

Muscular weakness; pain in extremity; back pain

 

 

 

General disorders and administration site conditions

Fatigue; injection site pain

Pyrexia; injection site erythema; injection site swelling; chills

Asthenia; malaise

 

 

 

a     Hypersensitivity refers to allergic reactions of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

b     Cases received from an ongoing open-label study in South Africa.

*    Severe and very rare cases of thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia have been reported post‑marketing. These included venous thrombosis such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, splanchnic vein thrombosis, as well as arterial thrombosis (see section 4.4)

6.3       Shelf life

Opened vial (after first puncture of the vial)

Chemical and physical in-use stability of the vaccine has been demonstrated for 6 hours at 2°C to 25°C. From a microbiological point of view, the product should preferably be used immediately after first puncture of the vial; however, the product can be stored between 2°C to 8°C for a maximum of 6 hours or remain at room temperature (maximally 25°C) up to 3 hours after first puncture of the vial. Beyond these times, in-use storage is the responsibility of the user.

6.4       Special precautions for storage

The vaccine can also be stored in a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C for a single period of up to 3 months, not exceeding the original expiry date (EXP). Upon moving the product to 2°C to 8°C storage, the updated expiry date must be written on the outer carton and the vaccine should be used or discarded by the updated expiry date. The original expiry date should be made unreadable. The vaccine can also be transported at 2°C to 8°C as long as the appropriate storage conditions (temperature, time) are applied.

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Warnings and precautions

Capillary leak syndrome

Very rare cases of capillary leak syndrome (CLS) have been reported following vaccination with COVID Covid-19 Vaccine Janssen. At least one affected patient had a previous diagnosis of CLS. CLS is a serious, potentially fatal condition causing fluid leakage from small blood vessels (capillaries) resulting in rapid swelling of the arms and legs, sudden weight gain and feeling faint (low blood pressure). Seek immediate medical attention if you develop these symptoms in the days following vaccination.

Guillain-Barré syndrome

Seek immediate medical attention if you develop weakness and paralysis in the extremities that can progress to the chest and face (Guillain-Barré syndrome). This has been reported very rarely after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

4.  Possible side effects

Very Rare: may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people

  • blood clots often in unusual locations (e.g., brain, liver, bowel, spleen) in combination with low level of blood platelets
  • serious nerve inflammation, which may cause paralysis and difficulty breathing (Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS))

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Do not have the vaccine if

  • You have a previous diagnosis of capillary leak syndrome, (a condition causing fluid leakage from small blood vessels).

Warnings and precautions

 

Blood disorders

A combination of blood clots and low levels of ‘platelets’ (cells that help blood to clot) in the blood has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases with blood clots, including in unusual locations, such as the brain, liver, bowel and spleen in some cases in combination with bleeding. These cases occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination and occurred mostly in women below 60 years of age. Fatal outcome has been reported.

Capillary leak syndrome

Very rare cases of capillary leak syndrome (CLS) have been reported following vaccination with Covid-19 Vaccine Janssen. At least one affected patient had a previous diagnosis of CLS. CLS is a serious, potentially fatal condition causing fluid leakage from small blood vessels (capillaries) resulting in rapid swelling of the arms and legs, sudden weight gain and feeling faint (low blood pressure). Seek immediate medical attention if you develop these symptoms in the days following vaccination.

4.         Possible side effects

Unknown (cannot be estimated from the available data)

  • capillary leak syndrome (a condition causing fluid leakage from small blood vessels).

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4.3     Contraindications

Individuals who have previously experienced episodes of capillary leak syndrome (CLS) (see also section 4.4).

Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome

A combination of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia, in some cases accompanied by bleeding, has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases of venous thrombosis at unusual sites such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), splanchnic vein thrombosis as well as arterial thrombosis concomitant with thrombocytopenia. Fatal outcome has been reported. These cases occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination, and mostly in women under 60 years of age.

Capillary leak syndrome

Very rare cases of capillary leak syndrome (CLS) have been reported in the first days after vaccination with Covid-19 vaccine Janssen, in some cases with a fatal outcome. A history of CLS has been reported. CLS is a rare disorder characterised by acute episodes of oedema mainly affecting the limbs, hypotension, haemoconcentration and hypoalbuminaemia. Patients with an acute episode of CLS following vaccination require prompt recognition and treatment. Intensive supportive therapy is usually warranted. Individuals with a known history of CLS should not be vaccinated with this vaccine. See also section 4.3.

4.8     Undesirable effects

 

Table 1:          Adverse reactions reported following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

System Organ Class

Very common

(≥ 1/10)

Common

(≥ 1/100 to < 1/10)

Uncommon

(≥ 1/1 000 to < 1/100)

Rare

(≥ 1/10 000 to < 1/1 000)

Very Rare (< 1/10 000)

Not known

(cannot be estimated from the available data)

Immune system disorders

 

 

 

Hypersensitivitya; urticaria

 

Anaphylaxisb

Nervous system disorders

Headache

 

Tremor

 

 

 

Vascular disorders

 

 

 

 

Thrombosis in combination with thrombo-cytopenia*

Capillary leak syndrome

Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

 

Cough

Sneezing; oropharyngeal pain

 

 

 

Gastrointestinal disorders

Nausea

 

 

 

 

 

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

 

 

Rash; hyperhidrosis

 

 

 

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Myalgia

Arthralgia

Muscular weakness; pain in extremity; back pain

 

 

 

General disorders and administration site conditions

Fatigue; injection site pain

Pyrexia; injection site erythema; injection site swelling; chills

Asthenia; malaise

 

 

 

a     Hypersensitivity refers to allergic reactions of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

b     Cases received from an ongoing open-label study in South Africa.

*    Severe and very rare cases of thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia have been reported post‑marketing. These included venous thrombosis such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, splanchnic vein thrombosis, as well as arterial thrombosis (see section 4.4)

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4.4     Special warnings and precautions for use

Thrombocytopenia Thrombosis and coagulation disorders with thrombocytopenia syndrome

Healthcare professionals should be alert to the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism and/or thrombocytopenia. Those vaccinated should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain following vaccination. Additionally, anyone with neurological symptoms including severe or persistent headaches, seizures, mental status changes or blurred vision after vaccination, or who experiences skin bruising (petechia) beyond the site of vaccination after a few days, should seek prompt medical attention.

Thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia requires specialised clinical management. Healthcare professionals should consult applicable guidance and/or consult specialists (e.g., haematologists, specialists in coagulation) to diagnose and treat this condition.

Individuals diagnosed with thrombocytopenia within 3 weeks after vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen should be actively investigated for signs of thrombosis. Similarly, individuals who present with thrombosis within 3 weeks of vaccination should be evaluated for thrombocytopenia.

10.     DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT

0504/2021

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2.       What you need to know before you are given COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Warnings and precautions

As with any vaccine, vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen may not fully protect all those who receive it. It is not known how long you will be protected

Blood disorders

Seek immediate medical attention, if you experience severe or persistent headaches, seizures (fits), mental status changes or blurred vision, unexplained skin bruising beyond the site of vaccination which appear a few days after vaccination, pinpoint round spots beyond the site of vaccination, develop shortness of breath, chest pain, leg pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain. Inform your healthcare provider that you have recently received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

As with any vaccine, vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen may not fully protect all those who receive it. It is not known how long you will be protected

4.         Possible side effects

Like all vaccines, COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most of the side effects occur in the 1 or 2 days of getting the vaccination.

Get medical attention immediately if within 3 weeks of vaccination you get any of the following symptoms:

  • experience severe or persistent headaches, blurred vision, mental status changes or seizures (fits);
  • develop shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, leg pain or persistent abdominal pain;
  • notice unusual skin bruising or pinpoint round spots beyond the site of vaccination.

This leaflet was last revised in May 2021

The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:

Healthcare professionals should be alert to the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism and/or thrombocytopenia. Those vaccinated should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain following vaccination. Additionally, anyone with neurological symptoms including severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision after vaccination, or who experiences skin bruising (petechia) beyond the site of vaccination after a few days, should seek prompt medical attention. Thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia requires specialised

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2.         What you need to know before you are given COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Warnings and precautions

Blood disorders

A combination of blood clots and low levels of ‘platelets’ (cells that help blood to clot) in the blood has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases with blood clots, including in unusual locations, such as the brain, liver, bowel and spleen in some cases in combination with bleeding. These cases occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination, and occurred mostly in women below 60 years of age. Fatal outcome has been reported.

Seek immediate medical attention, if you experience severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision, unexplained skin bruising beyond the site of vaccination which appear a few days after vaccination, develop shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain. Inform your healthcare provider that you have recently received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

4.         Possible side effects

Very Rare: may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people

•        blood clots often in unusual locations (e.g., brain, liver, bowel, spleen) in combination with low level of blood platelets

5.         How to store COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

When stored frozen at ‑25°C to ‑15°C, the vaccine can be thawed either at 2°C to 8°C or at room temperature:

  • at 2°C to 8°C: a carton of 10 or 20  vials will take approximately 132hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 2 hours to thaw.
  • at room temperature (maximally 25°C): a carton of 10 or 20 vials will take approximately 42 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 1 hour to thaw.

6.         Contents of the pack and other information

The other ingredients (excipients) are:

  • 10 vial pack:  2hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), citric acid monohydrate, ethanol, hydrochloric acid, polysorbate‑80, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, trisodium citrate dihydrate, water for injections (see section 2 COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains sodium and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains ethanol).
  • 20 vial pack:  2hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), citric acid monohydrate, ethanol, hydrochloric acid, polysorbate‑80, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, trisodium citrate dihydrate, water for injections (see section 2 COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains sodium and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains ethanol).

What COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen looks like and contents of the pack

Suspension for injection (injection). The suspension is colorless to slightly yellow, clear to very opalescent suspension (pH 6-6.4).

2.5 mL suspension in a multi-dose vial (type I glass) with a rubber stopper, aluminium crimp and blue plastic cap. Each vial contains 5 doses of 0.5 mL.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is available in a pack containing 10 or 20 multi-dose vials.

This leaflet was last revised in April March 2021

The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:

  • Healthcare professionals should be alert to the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism and/or thrombocytopenia. Those vaccinated should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain following vaccination. Additionally, anyone with neurological symptoms including severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision after vaccination, or who experiences skin bruising (petechia) beyond the site of vaccination after a few days, should seek prompt medical attention. Thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia requires specialised clinical management. Healthcare professionals should consult applicable guidance and/or consult specialists (e.g., haematologists, specialists in coagulation) to diagnose and treat this condition

 

When stored frozen at ‑25°C to ‑15°C, the vaccine can be thawed either at 2°C to 8°C or at room temperature:

  • at 2°C to 8°C: a carton of 10  or 20 vials will take approximately 132 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 2 hours to thaw.
  • at room temperature (maximally 25°C): a carton of 10  or 20 vials will take approximately 42 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 1 hour to thaw.

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2.       What you need to know before you are given COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before you are given COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen if:

  • you have ever had a severe allergic reaction after injection of any other vaccine,
  • you have ever fainted following any needle injection,
  • you have a severe infection with a high temperature (over 38°C). However, you can have your vaccination if you have a mild fever or upper airway infection like a cold,
  • you have a problem with bleeding or bruising, or if you are taking an anticoagulant medicine (to prevent blood clots),
  • your immune system does not work properly (immunodeficiency) or you are taking medicines that weaken the immune system (such as high-dose corticosteroids, immunosuppressants or cancer medicines).

Blood disorders

A combination of blood clots and low levels of ‘platelets’ (cells that help blood to clot) in the blood has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases with blood clots, including in unusual locations, such as the brain, liver, bowel and spleen in some cases in combination with bleeding. These cases occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination, and occurred mostly in women below 60 years of age. Fatal outcome has been reported.

Seek immediate medical attention, if you experience severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision, unexplained skin bruising beyond the site of vaccination which appear a few days after vaccination, develop shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain. Inform your healthcare provider that you have recently received COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

4.         Possible side effects

Very Rare: may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people

•        blood clots often in unusual locations (e.g., brain, liver, bowel, spleen) in combination with low level of blood platelets

 

5.         How to store COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Keep this vaccine out of the sight and reach of children.

Store vial in the original carton to protect from light.

Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse is responsible for storing this vaccine and disposing of any unused product correctly.

Store and transport frozen at ‑25°C to ‑15°C. The expiry date for storage at -25°C to -15°C is printed on the vial and outer carton after “EXP”.

The vaccine comes ready to use once thawed. The vaccine may be supplied frozen at- 25°C to -15°C or thawed at 2°C to 8°C.

When stored frozen at ‑25°C to ‑15°C, the vaccine can be thawed either at 2°C to 8°C or at room temperature:

  • at 2°C to 8°C: a carton of 10 or 20  vials will take approximately 132 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 2 hours to thaw.
  • at room temperature (maximally 25°C): a carton of 10 or 20vials will take approximately 42 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 1 hour to thaw.

6.         Contents of the pack and other information

What COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains

•      The active substance is Adenovirus type 26 encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein*(Ad26.COV2-S) not less than 8.92 log10 infectious units (Inf.U) in each 0.5 mL dose.

*   Produced in the PER.C6 TetR Cell Line and by recombinant DNA technology.

This product contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

•      The other ingredients (excipients) are:

  • 10 vial pack:  2hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), citric acid monohydrate, ethanol, hydrochloric acid, polysorbate‑80, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, trisodium citrate dihydrate, water for injections (see section 2 COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains sodium and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains ethanol).
  • 20 vial pack:  2hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD), citric acid monohydrate, ethanol, hydrochloric acid, polysorbate‑80, sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide, trisodium citrate dihydrate, water for injections (see section 2 COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains sodium and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen contains ethanol).

What COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen looks like and contents of the pack

Suspension for injection (injection). The suspension is colorless to slightly yellow, clear to very opalescent suspension (pH 6-6.4).

2.5 mL suspension in a multi-dose vial (type I glass) with a rubber stopper, aluminium crimp and blue plastic cap. Each vial contains 5 doses of 0.5 mL.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen is available in a pack containing 10  or 20 multi-dose vials.

This leaflet was last revised in MarchApril 2021

 

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4.4     Special warnings and precautions for use

Thrombocytopenia and coagulation disorders

A combination of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia, in some cases accompanied by bleeding, has been observed very rarely following vaccination with COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. This includes severe cases of venous thrombosis at unusual sites such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, splanchnic vein thrombosis as well as arterial thrombosis concomitant with thrombocytopenia. Fatal outcome has been reported. These cases occurred within the first three weeks following vaccination, and mostly in women under 60 years of age.

Healthcare professionals should be alert to the signs and symptoms of thromboembolism and/or thrombocytopenia. Those vaccinated should be instructed to seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, or persistent abdominal pain following vaccination. Additionally, anyone with neurological symptoms including severe or persistent headaches or blurred vision after vaccination, or who experiences skin bruising (petechia) beyond the site of vaccination after a few days, should seek prompt medical attention.

Thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia requires specialised clinical management. Healthcare professionals should consult applicable guidance and/or consult specialists (e.g., haematologists, specialists in coagulation) to diagnose and treat this condition.

Risk of bleeding with intramuscular administration

As with other intramuscular injections, the vaccine should be given with caution in individuals receiving anticoagulant therapy or those with thrombocytopenia or any coagulation disorder (such as haemophilia) because bleeding or bruising may occur following an intramuscular administration in these individuals.

4.8     Undesirable effects

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

Adverse drug reactions observed during study COV3001 are organised by MedDRA System Organ Class (SOC). Frequency categories are defined as follows:

Very common (≥ 1/10);

Common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10);

Uncommon (≥ 1/1 000 to < 1/100);

Rare (≥ 1/10 000 to < 1/1 000);

Very rare (< 1/10 000);

System Organ Class

Very common

(≥1/10)

 

Common

(≥1/100 to <1/10)

Uncommon

(≥1/1 000 to <1/100)

Rare

(≥1/10 000 to <1/1 000)

Very Rare (< 1/10 000)

Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data)

 

Vascular disorders

 

 

 

 

Thrombosis in combination with thrombo-cytopenia*

 

*              Severe and very rare cases of thrombosis in combination with thrombocytopenia have been reported post‑marketing. These included venous thrombosis such as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, splanchnic vein thrombosis, as well as arterial thrombosis (see section 4.4)

 

6.       PHARMACEUTICAL PARTICULARS

 

6.1     List of excipients

10 vial pack

2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD)

Citric acid monohydrate

Ethanol

Hydrochloric acid

Polysorbate‑80

Sodium chloride

Sodium hydroxide

Trisodium citrate dihydrate

Water for injections

 

20 vial pack

2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD)

Citric acid monohydrate

Ethanol

Hydrochloric acid

Polysorbate‑80

Sodium chloride

Sodium hydroxide

Trisodium citrate dihydrate

Water for injections

 

6.4       Special precautions for storage

Store and transport frozen at ‑25°C to ‑15°C. The expiry date for storage at -25°C to -15°C is printed on the vial and outer carton after “EXP”.

When stored frozen at ‑25°C to ‑15°C, the vaccine can be thawed either at 2°C to 8°C or at room temperature:

        at 2°C to 8°C: a carton of 10 or 20 vials will take approximately 132 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 2 hours to thaw.

        at room temperature (maximally 25°C): a carton of 10  or 20 vials will take approximately 42 hours to thaw, and a single vial will take approximately 1 hour to thaw.

 

6.5     Nature and contents of container

A 2.5 mL suspension in a multi-dose vial (type I glass) with a rubber stopper (chlorobutyl with fluoropolymer coated surface), aluminium crimp and blue plastic cap. Each vial contains 5 doses of 0.5 mL.

Pack size of 10 or 20  multi-dose vials.

 

6.6     Special precautions for disposal and other handling

b.       If stored frozen, thaw vial(s) either in a refrigerator or at room temperature before administration

 

2°C to 8°C 

Thaw for 132 hours

 

OR

 

Thaw for

42 hours

Thaw for

1 hour

Maximally 25°C 

 

Thaw in refrigerator

•    When stored frozen at -25°C to -15°C, a carton of 10 or 20 vials will take approximately 13 hours to thaw or individual vials will take approximately 2 hours to thaw at 2°C to 8°C.

•    If the vaccine is not used immediately, refer to the instructions in section ‘Store in a refrigerator’.

•    The vial must be kept in the original carton in order to protect from light and to record the expiry for the different storage conditions, if applicable.

Do not re-freeze once thawed.

Thaw at room temperature

•    When stored frozen at -25°C to -15°C, a carton of 10  or 20 vials or individual vials should be thawed at room temperature maximally 25°C.

•    A carton of 10 or 20 vials will take approximately 42 hours to thaw.

•    Individual vials will take approximately 1 hour to thaw.

•    The vaccine is stable for a total of 12 hours at 9°C to 25°C. It is not a recommended storage or shipping condition but may guide decisions for use in case of temporary temperature excursions.

•    If the vaccine is not used immediately, refer to the instructions in section Store in a refrigerator.

 Do not re-freeze once thawed.

 

8.       MARKETING AUTHORISATION NUMBER(S)

EU/1/20/1525/001

EU/1/20/1525/002

10.     DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT

0403/2021

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