Gov. Abbott issues statement as CDC, FDA recommend ‘pausing’ Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of blood clots

Gov. Abbott issues statement as CDC, FDA recommend ‘pausing’ Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of blood clots
Gov. Greg Abbott (Source: CNN)

AUSTIN (KSLA) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a statement following CDC and FDA recommendations to put a pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to some reports of blood clots.

“The State of Texas is working in tandem with the federal government and vaccine providers to temporarily pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. While no cases of blood clots have been reported in Texas, we are taking the reports of rare adverse effects seriously and are working to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines administered in our state continue to be safe and effective. I urge Texans who do experience adverse reactions, such as severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, to contact their health care providers or call 2-1-1 to receive a referral for a health care provider. Vaccines are a crucial tool to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and remain the most effective way to combat the virus in our communities. I continue to encourage Texans who wish to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to sign up,” Gov. Abbott said in a statement released Tuesday, April 13.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a similar statement Tuesday, saying Louisiana is following the CDC and FDA’s recommendations to stop administering the Johnson & Johnson shot until the possible issues are resolved.

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