Covid Vaccine Appointments Delayed Amid Johnson & Johnson Pause

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Vaccination clinics that planned to administer the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine are moving things around after doses were put on pause because of health and safety concerns.

The city of Methuen rescheduled 600 appointments on Tuesday to a later date because of the federal order. 

In Amesbury, the Lower Merrimack Valley Regional Collaborative Clinic was expecting to open on Thursday -- but has instead pushed the date to this weekend, offering shots of the Pfizer vaccine.

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According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, all clinics and providers have been advised to adhere to the pause out of an abundance of caution while more research is conducted on the vaccine.

The concerns stemmed from a report of half a dozen cases of a rare condition that caused blood clots in young women who got the J & J vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the condition is highly rare and was detected only after several million people had gotten the shot.

More than 180,000 people in Massachusetts have gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine already, with no serious side effects reported.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports:

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Written by Rachel Armany

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