Corpus Christi leaders respond to Johnson & Johnson vaccine train

The vaccines will be removed from all clinics, health officials said.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The US is recommending a “hiatus” from the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 single-dose vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they are studying clots in six women that appeared 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots have been seen in the sinuses of the brain along with reduced platelet counts – making the usual treatment for blood clots, the blood-thinning heparin, potentially “dangerous”.

Corpus Christi – Nueces County Health District has removed the vaccine from upcoming clinics, said Health Director Annette Rodriguez pending further instructions from the state.

“I am awaiting further instructions from the Department of State Health Services and until then I will suspend the use of Johnson and Johnson until further notice,” said Annette Rodriguez, director of public health. “This will in no way affect the opening of our new COVID-19 vaccination clinic in La Palmera Mall today, offering Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in first and second dose.”

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More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been given.

During Corpus Christi this week, plans were made almost every day to embrace the J&J vaccine.

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The Health District recently received a shipment of 3,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines, and 1,160 women were vaccinated in the past week.

According to state data, most HEB and Walgreens pharmacies in Nueces County received around 100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine each last week. Metro Ministries received 300 doses, Spohn Quick Care 100 doses, and Corpus Christi Medical Associates 100 doses.

Experts point out that the blood clots are rare, but say if you’ve received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two weeks and have a headache or leg pain, to see a doctor right away.

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