California orders pause of J&J vaccine on US recommendation

California health officials have directed counties and other providers to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while federal agencies examine a possible and rare side effect that can cause blood clots.

Posted: Apr 13, 2021 12:50 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California state officials have directed counties and other providers to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while federal agencies examine a possible and rare side effect that can cause blood clots.

The office of Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that the pause will not affect plans to start inoculating all eligible adults on Thursday.

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They said it should not affect the state's broad reopening plans set for mid-June. Newsom and other high-profile California officials publicly received shots of the J&J in an attempt to demonstrate to the public that the vaccine is safe.

California already expected fewer J&J doses because of production issues.

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