The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is pausing distribution of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The move comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration raised concerns that the Johnson and Johnson vaccine may be linked to blood clots.
But, those blood clots only occurred in six people, all of whom the Associated Press reports were women between the ages of 18 to 48. According to the AP, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S. — the vast majority of which caused mild or no side effects.
Still, public health agencies are following the top-down guidance — including Public Health Madison and Dane County, which today announced it would also halt distribution of the vaccine.
For more, our producer Jonah Chester spoke with Tess Ellens, an immunization coordinator at Public Health Madison Dane County.
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