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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.


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