Following new concerns about potential side effects, Alexandria and statewide health administrations are pausing all planned Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.
The news comes after the CDC and the FDA released a recommendation to stop using the vaccine after six patients reportedly developed a rare and severe type of blood clot.
According to the Alexandria Health Department:
Based on federal and state guidance, Alexandria Health Department and other vaccinating providers in Virginia are pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines immediately. Individuals with existing appointments will be contacted to either reschedule their appointment or receive a vaccine from a different manufacturer, based on available supplies. Updates will be shared as they become available.
The city recently moved into Phase 2 of vaccination efforts and aims to vaccinate at least 80% of the city’s adult population. Currently 20% are fully vaccinated and 1/3 are partially vaccinated.
Based on federal guidance, Alexandria Health Department and other vaccinators in Virginia are pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Individuals with appointments will be contacted to reschedule or receive a different vaccine, based on supply. https://t.co/6YSY9fa1PZ.
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