Texas Department of State Health Services Asks COVID-19 Vaccine Providers to Pause Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

AUSTIN  (WBAP/KLIF News) – The Texas Department of State Health Services is asking vaccine providers in Texas to halt administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration early Tuesday.

The agencies said their decision is based on reports of blood clots in women 6 to 13 days after receiving the vaccine.

DSHS said more than 500,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in Texas and non of the cases of blood clots reported have occurred in Texas.

Shortly after the announcement, North Texas providers began making changes to their vaccination schedules Tuesday in compliance with the stoppage.

The Arlington Fire Department announced its planned administration of the vaccine at the Community Vaccination Center at AT & T stadium had been scrapped but they are administering second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

The City of Dallas and the Visiting Nurses Association of Texas paused their in home vaccinations that were supposed to kick off today.

A few hours after the announcement, the CDC and the FDA explained their decision further, discussed next steps and took questions from the media. Click the link below to listen.

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