Newsom: J&J pause won't delay Calif. vaccinations

California is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while federal agencies examine a possible rare side effect that can cause blood clots. Gov. Gavin Newsom said it should not affect the state's broad reopening plans set for mid-June. (April 13)

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GAVIN NEWSOM: J&J represents about 4% of our weekly allocation in this state. It will not materially impact our ability to fulfill our expectations and commitment to provide enough vaccine to fully vaccinate all those that seek to get vaccinated, so that we could begin to more fully open our economy by June 15.

6.85 million J&J vaccines have been administered in the state, including into my arm, and had no side effects whatsoever. In fact, someone asked me which arm did you get shot, and that was the next day and I couldn't even-- I honestly didn't even remember. And I was trying to push to see if I felt even a bruise.