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Lucas County to administer Moderna shot instead of Johnson & Johnson dose

Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 8:22 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) - Governor Mike DeWine and other leaders in Ohio are advising all vaccine providers in the state to temporarily pause using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The pause is in response to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine following extremely rare blood-clotting events of six people in the U.S. after receiving the vaccine.

DeWine was joined by Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud, and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., is calling for the temporary pause.

In Lucas County, people signed up to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will instead receive the Moderna shot at the Lucas County Rec Center. In a press conference earlier on Tuesday, Toledo-Lucas County Health Commissioner Eric Zgodzinski said the county has around 5,000 doses of the J&J vaccine available.

Additionally, if you are among those who have already received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the TLCHD is stressing that the risk of developing blood clots is statistically very low, especially for those who received the vaccine before March 22. Those who received the vaccine after March 22 are asked to monitor for symptoms including severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, and shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, you are asked to contact your healthcare provider and tell them you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Flu-like symptoms, including fatigue, mild headache, joint aches, and low fever are common side effects within the first few days of all three of the approved vaccines.

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