Eight Ohio Vaccine Centers Suspend Vaccine Distribution over Johnson & Johnson Pause

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Eight Ohio vaccine clinics will be suspending distribution after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a pause on administering the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine.

The CDC recommended suspending the use of the Johnsons & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday after six cases of blood clotting were reported in women who had recently received the vaccine. The health organization said that it would be holding a meeting with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on Wednesday to further analyze the clotting and that the Food and Drug Administration would also be reviewing the problem.

Nearly 7 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered, according to the CDC.

“Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” the FDA and CDC said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “This is important, in part, to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these adverse events and can plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.”

The eight locations that will be suspending vaccine distribution entirely include: the Ohio University Mobile Clinic, Youngstown Mahoning County Public Health at Dillards in Southern Park Mall, Kroger at Cincinnati Cintas Center, Kroger at Wilmington Air Park, Bowling Green State University, Miami University, Cleveland State University and Youngstown State University

Sixteen other sites will be switching over entirely to either the Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine

As of Wednesday, nearly 36 percent of Ohio residents had received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, totaling more than 4 million Ohioans, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health. More than 47,000 people have been vaccinated in the past 24 hours.

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Jordyn Pair is a reporter with The Ohio Star. Follow her on Twitter at @JordynPair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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