NYC halting all J&J vaccinations

Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York city health officials will follow federal recommendations and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (April 13)

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BILL DE BLASIO: Here in the city, we're immediately pausing all Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. Every site has been told this morning to stop giving J&J shots. Our vaccine command center is now coordinating new appointments for everyone who was scheduled for today and the coming days for Johnson & Johnson. So everyone who was scheduled to come to one of our centers will get a new appointment, obviously, with a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for the foreseeable future.

I want to give you the facts from this city. So far, there's been 234,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine given, and, thank God, no reports at all to-date of any blood clots. But we take this very seriously. Federal government has called for a cautious approach here. We are acting on that immediately.