Northeast Ohio universities pausing J&J vaccinations following officials’ recommendation

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KENT, Ohio (WJW) — Northeast Ohio universities are pausing the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at all their clinic locations starting today.

The vaccine distribution is postponed until further notice following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pause the single-dose vaccine because of the concern of a rare blood clot disorder.

The CDC and FDA report the disorder has occurred in six recipients out of nearly 7 million who received the Johnson & Johnson shot.

Kent State says it advises anyone who had an appointment for a vaccination at one of their clinics should schedule an appointment for another brand of vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) at a different clinic.

Baldwin Wallace University says it continues to monitor guidance from the CDC, FDA and the Ohio Department of Health after it vaccinated approximately 700 students on April 12 and urges students questions or concerns to contact the BW Health Center at (440) 826-2178.

As for the University of Akron, students who already scheduled appointments to receive the vaccine at UA clinics on April 14-15 will receive an email with additional information.

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