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Northern California health agencies weigh in on paused J&J vaccine rollout

"I know my mom got the same shot and she seems to be doing just fine," said Coleman Benton, a Chico resident.

Posted: Apr 13, 2021 7:00 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2021 7:03 PM

CHICO, Calif. - "I know my mom got the same shot and she seems to be doing just fine," Coleman Benton, a Chico resident said.

Benton is just finding out that health leaders suggested the Johnson & Johnson shot be put on hold over blood clot concerns.

Benton was scheduled to get his Johnson & Johnson vaccine shot Thursday at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, but now it's looking unlikely.

Benton said the motivation to get inoculated was due in part to his parents.

"Just to be able to hang out with my family again," Benton said. "I know a lot of them would prefer to me to be vaccinated."

"We are going to pause using Johnson & Johnson as recommended," Kerri Schuette, spokeswoman for Shasta County Public Health said.

Action News Now reached out to every public health agency in our viewing area.

Shasta County health officials said one of its Johnson & Johnson clinics originally set this weekend in Lakehead is now up in the air.

"We are not certain whether we're going to postpone that clinic or have a clinic that offers other vaccines were still working on those details," Schuette said.

The CDC said six people developed those blood clots after receiving the shot. That's six out of nearly seven million that received that shot, which translates to roughly less than 1 in 1.1 million.

"This is a very small percentage of people," Schuette said. "This is exactly why the system is designed this way. When the scientists start to see an area of concern, that we stop and reassess the safety of the vaccine."

"If a big agency that has a lot of respect for it. Then I definitely say it's better safe than sorry," said Joseph Esparza, a resident of Chico.

Butte, Tehama, Trinity and Glenn counties health officials said they will pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses as well.

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