US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

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WASHINGTON (WWLP/AP) — The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts. More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S.

The Massachusetts DPH issued a statement on Twitter just after 8:30 a.m., “The Department of Public Health is notifying all Massachusetts providers to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, effective immediately.”

U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers are expected to follow.

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Wednesday to discuss the cases and the FDA has also launched an investigation of the cases.

“Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research said in a joint statement.


Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Holyoke canceled

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) –  The scheduled Behavioral Health Network COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Flats Community Building in Holyoke is canceled for April 13 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CDC announced they are recommending a pause on using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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