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SUNY system to pause use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine amid reports of blood clots

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(WBNG) -- SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced Tuesday that SUNY schools will immediately pause the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The pause is due to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration as it investigates reports of blood clots.

The full statement from the SUNY Chancellor is posted below:

“SUNY is following the recommendation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York State Department of Health to immediately pause, out of an abundance of caution, administering the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. We are working with New York State to locate and receive alternative COVID-19 vaccines for our students. We urge all students with appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to contact their campus or vaccination site because alternatives have already been found in some instances.

Our priority will always be the health and safety of our students. We encourage any student who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and is experiencing any health effects such as headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination to contact their campus or healthcare provider.

While we must not slow down the process of protecting our students from the COVID-19 virus, we must also do all we can to ensure their safety and health every step of the way. We will keep our campus communities informed as more information becomes available.”

Earlier Tuesday, Broome County officials announced the county was canceling appointments for April 13 and 14 due to the reports.

New York State officials paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well.

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