After six people in the US reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot following a shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the FDA and CDC have recommended it be temporarily paused.
Following the announcement, Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted out a notice that the City of Seattle would also be pausing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until further review of the six cases.
If you had an appointment booked, however, it is not canceled. Existing appointments remain and individuals will instead receive the Pfizer vaccine.
If you had an appointment with the @CityofSeattle for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, your appointment remains and you will receive the Pfizer vaccine. Nationwide, nearly 200 million Pfizer and Moderna shots have occurred – let’s keep it up!
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) April 13, 2021
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According to the White House, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine makes up less than 5% of the recorded shots in the country to date.
They are assuring Americans that the US has secured enough Pfizer and Moderna doses for 300 million Americans, which is “more than enough supply to continue the current pace of vaccinations of three million shots per day, and meet the president’s goal of 200 million shots by his 100th day in office.”