Health officials worry J&J vaccine suspension will make residents reluctant to vaccination


This week the FDA and the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention put on a pause the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen COVID-19 vaccine due to six isolated cases of blood clots after vaccination, while the cases made up to .0008% more investigation has to be done to resume the use of this vaccine.

However local health leaders are afraid this pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will lead to more residents being reluctant of getting the COVID-19 vaccine altogether, even if it’s not that vaccine.

“In our community, we lost 287 individuals up to now in a population of 60,000,” Starr County Health Authority Dr. Antonio Falcon said. “So it’s very easy to do the math. The vaccines are much safer than the danger of illness.”

Vaccination is ongoing in the Rio Grande Valley, and only Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being administrated.


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