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Local impact of Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause

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Local impact of Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause
Local impact of Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause

The Indiana State Department of Health and the Tippecanoe County health Department are following the FDA and CDC's recommendations, and are also pausing use of the J&J vaccine.

The tippecanoe county health department is following the fda and cdc's newest recommendations.

And is pausing the use of the johnson and johnson vaccine.

News 18's anna darling joins us live now with more how this pause will impact us locally, anna?

This morning's announcement from the fda and the cdc is causing many state and local health departments nationwide to pivot.

Including our health department right here in tippecanoe county.

It's important to note here that there have only been six confirmed cases of blood clotting out of nearly 7 million administered doses.

The handful of cases occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48.

The blood clot symptoms were seen 6 to 13 days after vaccination in the women.

Dr. james bien from iu health arnett says the chances of this blood clot happening are extremely low.

He says a big part of this pause is so that medical professionals can clarify the treatment for this specific blood clot.

"they want to make sure that the medical community, that physicians and hospitals are aware of this potential extremely rare side effect so that we respond appropriately" the federal agencies have made it clear that the pause is purely precautionary.

They are still trying to determine if there is an actual link between the blood clotting and the vaccine.

This pause does not impact the pfizer or moderna vaccines at all.

The iu health arnett clinic is only giving out the pfizer vaccine.

Tippecanoe county health department did give out johnson and johnson vaccines this past weekend during its drive through clinic.

Health officer dr jeremy adler says the health department is giving out moderna vaccines at its walk in clinic.

And that no future scheduled appointments will be impacted by this j&j pause.

Reporting live, ad 18.

Indiana health officials are reporting 970 new covid-19

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