Rhode Island pausing Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Rhode Island health officials paused Johnson & Johnson vaccinations in the state after a recommendation from the federal government.

Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 in other states were found to have rare blood clotting 6 to 13 days after getting the J & J vaccine; with one dying.

“These adverse events seem to be extremely rare. It essentially occurred in one out of 1 million people,” Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Healh said.

Nearly 7 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the U.S. as of Monday.

According to Dr. Alexander-Scott, some symptoms to look out for are “very severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath,” she said.

There are only several thousand doses of the vaccine left in Rhode Island, according to state health officials.

“The amount of Johnson and Johnson vaccine coming into Rhode Island has decreased significantly,” Tom McCarthy, executive director of the COVID response for Rhode Island Department of Health.

State health officials say most people scheduled to get a Johnson & Johnson vaccine will instead get a Moderna or Pfiezer vaccine.

Several hundred people may have to reschedule their appointment, but will still get a vaccine, health officials said.

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