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Local providers halt administering Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine at FDA, CDC recommendation

After six reported blood clots in individuals who had just received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommended a pause in the use of the vaccine on Tuesday. Statewide, vaccine providers are following the advisement.

The six cases are said to be "extremely rare" by the FDA, but the entities are taking an abundance of caution and investigating the instances. The occurrences were first seen in Colorado last week, where a rare kind of blood clot was observed in the sinuses of the brain; none have been seen in Texas, according to the state health department. Johnson & Johnson has said there is no correlation between the blood clots and the vaccine.

The CDC is meeting on Wednesday to assess the cases, and then the FDA will review the analysis.

The Texas Department of State Health Services advised all providers of the vaccine to pause all administration of it. As any new shipments of the vaccine are delivered to providers, they are asked to keep it in storage.

The news comes after fewer doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were sent to states this week due to a malfunction at the Baltimore plant that destroyed 15 million doses.

The single-shot vaccine was approved in February, and more than 6.8 million Americans have received it.

The article was updated to include a statewide announcement to stop the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home

So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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Fall camping: Camp Fimfo Waco offers one-of-a-kind experiences in the heart of Texas
Camp Fimfo Waco

Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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