Alabama pauses all Johnson & Johnson vaccines

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An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes with the logo of US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson on November 17, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

(WRBL) – Alabama joins Georgia in pausing Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine distribution following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The announcement came during a press conference with Dr. Scott Harris, the state health officer. Gov. Kay Ivey also issued a statement about the decision.

“COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for Alabama. It is important to know that the adverse effects potentially stemming from the Johnson & Johnson shot have been extremely rare in the country, but out of an abundance of caution, Alabama is temporarily pausing these shots until we know more. I commend Dr. Harris for taking this swift step in our state so that we can continue moving forward, getting shots in the arms and putting COVID-19 behind us once and for all.”

Gov. Kay Ivey

The CDC and FDA recommendations came after multiple people developed blood clots after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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