States rush to replace J&J vaccine appointments after FDA recommends pause

More than two dozen states took steps Tuesday to halt inoculations with Johnson & Johnson‘s coronavirus vaccine, shortly after the Food and Drug Administration recommended to pause its use after reports some women developed a rare blood clotting disorder.

The states, just like the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, harassed that they had been appearing out of an abundance of warning, as greater than 6.8 million doses of J&J’s vaccine have been injected and solely six of the blood clotting circumstances have up to now been reported.

J&J mentioned in an announcement that “no clear causal relationship” has been recognized between the uncommon sort of blood clots and the vaccine, including it’s working carefully with regulators to assess the information.

New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker mentioned the state will “immediately” cease administering the single-dose J&J inoculation, and can use Pfizer‘s two-shot vaccine as a replacement for already scheduled appointments.

At least 25 different states, together with Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, additionally introduced they’re taking J&J’s vaccine doses out of their distribution plans.

Those precautions is probably not in impact for lengthy, nonetheless: Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock mentioned Tuesday that she anticipated the pause to final only for a matter of days.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, famous Tuesday that individuals who acquired the J&J vaccine greater than a month in the past are at very low danger for growing the blood clots. All six reported circumstances occurred in girls ages 18 to 48, whose signs developed inside two weeks after they obtained the shot.

New Jersey’s Department of Health mentioned that every one vaccination websites within the state “have been told to cancel or put on hold appointments for the J&J vaccine until further notice.” The company mentioned it’s going to work with these websites to replace J&J appointments with an alternate two-dose vaccine.

Virginia “will cease all Johnson & Johnson vaccines” whereas the FDA investigates the “extremely rare possible side effect,” according to a statement from the state’s vaccination coordinator, Dr. Danny Avula.

Connecticut’s Department of Public Health advisable all Covid vaccine suppliers cease utilizing J&J’s vaccine “for the time being” whereas the FDA and the CDC full their overview.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and prime well being officers in his state issued an identical advisory.

Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health notified all vaccine suppliers within the state to cease administering the J&J vaccine, “effective immediately.”

The different states are Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

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