Ohio Colleges Forced To Change Course on Vaccinations Amid Johnson & Johnson Pause

Colleges in Ohio have been instructed to halt all Johnson & Johnson vaccinations during the CDC’s investigation into six cases of blood clots linked to the company’s vaccines.

Over 260,000 doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in Ohio prior to the news of the blood clot cases Tuesday. 

Schools like the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University are attempting to switch over to the two-shot alternatives for vaccination in order to continue vaccinating students right before returning home for break.

Kent State University, University of Dayton and Case Western Reserve University have also postponed any uses of the J&J vaccine until further details arrive in the CDC’s investigation.

Gov. Mike DeWine mass deployed the J&J vaccine to college campuses due to the one-shot convenience of the dose. According to DeWine most students will return home before they have time to receive a second dose, as is the case with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Janet Woodcock, the FDA’s acting commissioner, suggested in a Tuesday press conference that more details should become available in the next few days, after which a time frame will be communicated.

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