Colorado Pauses Use Of Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment paused the use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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- --so much. A pause now for when it comes to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Colorado following federal recommendations to stop using the one dose vaccine for now. Governor Polis hopes it'll just be a short pause.

JARED POLIS: Out of abundance of caution, we're following the FDA and CDC guidelines to hold off a few days until we develop the protocols and measurements to make sure that we can restore full public confidence in all three life saving vaccines.

- Now nationally, there are six reported cases of blood clots in people who have received the vaccine. That's out of more than six million doses delivered. All were in women between the ages of 18 and 49, and the symptoms develop between 6 to 13 days after they got that vaccine. Rick Sallinger joins us live tonight. Rick, there might be a woman here in Colorado who has also suffered a clot.

RICK SALLINGER: It is possible, Karen. Centura Health reports that it is treating a woman who received a blood clot after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This as the pause is having an impact. University of Colorado law student, Devon Case, was supposed to get vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on this day. Now the pause could leave her in a bind.

DEVON CASE: I was disappointed because I have-- I'm in school and I'm planning to travel abroad to Australia to visit my fiancee.

RICK SALLINGER: She was counting on the one dose J&J shot because she didn't want a second dose to interfere with finals or her trip. The pause comes after six women between the ages of 18 and 49 developed blood clots after being inoculated. One died.

DEVON CASE: I'm 25, And. It is definitely a concern that I have.

RICK SALLINGER: But less than one in a million people who have gotten that vaccine have developed the blood clots.

DAVE HNIDA: I think if you've already had a Johnson & Johnson vaccine and you are more than three weeks out from having the vaccine, I think your level of concern really should decrease to essentially zero on this one.

RICK SALLINGER: Doctor Dave Hnida advised to keep an eye out for headaches, chest pain, abdominal pain, or leg pain. As for Devon, she still hopes to get the J&J vaccine.

DEVON CASE: I think it's one of those risks that I think the numbers are still pretty low. And as long as I'm-- ideally I would get up before I was traveling for 18 hours on a flight.

RICK SALLINGER: The chances of getting a blood clot from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are far less than if literally in the hospital with COVID. The chances of getting it there, far greater. Live in Denver, Rick Sallinger, covering in Colorado first.

- Rick, thank you. And if you have our CBS Denver app, you are among the first to learn about that issue with the J&J vaccine. Our newsroom team sent out an alert this morning. You can download that CBS Denver app from Google Play or your Apple Store. Now the rollout--