Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration paused in Westchester County

After six cases of blood clots were reported in people who received the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine out of 7 million vaccines administered nationally, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a pause in the using the shot. On Wednesday, Westchester County announced the discontinuation of Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution in the county. 

“The pause was only expected to last a matter of days,” said FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine makes up about 5% of the 23 million total doses a week being given across the country. 

“The risk of dangerous blood clots was very low for people who received Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine more than a month ago,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, a CDC official, in a statement. 

As the cases are rare, the reason stated for the pause in giving the vaccine is to make sure that the symptoms of the patients can be identified and treated correctly. The administration of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will continue unaffected by the pause.