J&J cleared for redistribution

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has now been cleared for re-distribution across the country, following a 10-day pause due to reports of blood clots in multiple people who received the shot.

While many states are ready to once again give out the one and done dose, The Rhode Island Department of Health says it’s taking extra time to examine any other potential effects this vaccine may have.

The Department of Health told ABC6 the state has enough doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available and vaccine operations will not be disrupted.

Dr. Amy Nunn, Executive Director of The Rhode Island Public Health Institute said residents shouldn’t worry about this extended pause.

“I think they’re being extra vigilant. I think it would be different if we didn’t have alternatives. It’s important to note we finally have options for vaccine such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which are highly effective,” Nunn said.

Residents we spoke with said, they’re okay with the hold as well.

“I would say it’s fine for Rhode Island to wait for more research or more tests in order to see what’s going on,” Providence resident Norman Frazier said.

ABC6 also spoke with Katharina Weygold who received the J&J vaccine.

She thinks this extended pause will result in increased confidence and that the benefits outweigh the risk.

“It’s easy, you only need one shot and the number of cases where a blood clot appeared are so few compared to the people who got the vaccine.”

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