By Hannah Natale – Fulcrum Reporter
New York State has put all of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines on pause as of today. Students at SUNY Broome were given the opportunity to receive the vaccine but a school-wide email has been sent out telling students and staff that the vaccine will be put on hold. This abrupt pause of the vaccine is due to 6 cases of blood clotting that were reported by people who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the United States. It’s worth noting that 6.8 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been administered in the US, but only a tiny fraction of 1% have had these extremely rare side effects within three weeks after vaccination.
“People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.” The CDC and FDA said in a statement.
The CDC and FDA are reviewing data regarding these cases. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that anyone with an appointment to receive the J&J vaccine today will be offered the Pfizer vaccine instead.