NM pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution

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New Mexico is pausing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The news comes after federal health officials on Tuesday recommended pausing use of the one-shot vaccine because of blood clots.

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot — cerebral venous sinus thrombosis — in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine, the statement said. All six cases occurred among women 18 to 48, and symptoms occurred six to 13 days after vaccination.

“New Mexico — like the federal government — is acting out of an abundance of caution,” said state DOH Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins. “As we learn more, we will share that information.”

Scheduled J&J events and vaccinations will be paused or shifted to Pfizer and Moderna, the state announced.

In New Mexico, just over 3% of this week’s allocation of vaccine doses included J&J. State health officials said that overall, fewer than 39,000 J&J doses have been administered in New Mexico.

New Mexico continues to lead the U.S. in vaccine distribution, with close to 35% of residents 16 and older having been fully vaccinated. More than 52% have received at least one shot.

Read the full article here: https://www.ruidosonews.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2021/04/13/new-mexico-pauses-johnson-johnson-vaccine-covid-19-distribution/7204412002/

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