Following recommendations from state health officials, Governor Ron DeSantis is temporarily suspending Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
The pause comes “out of an abundance of caution” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after a half-dozen people — six women under the age of 48 — developed “rare and severe” blood clots after receiving the treatment.
The Governor made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday at the former Piney Point phosphate plant site.
DeSantis, who received the J&J shot a few weeks ago, said he had no major side effects from it but was respecting federal recommendations to temporarily stop the use of the vaccine.
“We have not seen any significant effects with J&J here in Florida,” DeSantis said. “I think the track record thus far in Florida has been good. At the same time, because CDC is doing that, you know, we’re respecting that decision, we’re gonna follow that recommendation and monitor what they’re doing for the time being. But I think that what they’re doing is that of an abundance of caution.”
Despite the unusual blood clots, DeSantis said that many medications and vaccines carried the risk of blood clotting. He also noted that today’s recommendation is more of a precautionary measure and that the public shouldn’t be too worried.
“I don’t think people should be worried who’ve already had it, who haven’t had any effects,” he said. “I think it’s likely going to be very effective for you.”
Thus far, close to 7 million Americans have received the J&J shot, which is the only vaccine that requires one dose.