DeWine: Ohio pauses J&J vaccinations, most clinics to proceed with Pfizer or Moderna


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WANE) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided an update on Ohio’s vaccination plans following Tuesday morning’s decision to pause the administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

The majority of the Ohio’s Johnson and Johnson doses were directed to mass vaccination clinics and to 63 public and private 4-year colleges and universities, most of which have already completed their student vaccinations, the press release said.

Of the mass vaccination clinics and college/university clinics that did plan to offer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week, most will proceed by offering either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the press release said. A total of eight sites will not offer any vaccines this week as the health community works to recognize, report and manage any adverse events related to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

The state said there are many other providers with open appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Visit to look for open appointments. 

Governor DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud, and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., directed all Ohio vaccine providers to temporarily pause using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine following a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The recommendation was made after six people who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine experienced an extremely rare blood-clotting condition in the United States. The cases have occurred in women between 18 and 48 and the reactions have taken place within 6-13 days after receiving the vaccine.

Approximately 6.8 million people have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the U.S. 264,311 of those vaccinations were administered in Ohio.


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A video of Tuesday’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.  For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

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