San Francisco, April 13th – California officials said on the 13th local time that California has suspended the vaccination of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, but this move will not affect the state’s vaccination and plans to restart the economy.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that California Governor Gavin Newsom said on the 13th that California would follow the advice of federal officials and suspend the use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine. He said California plans to open vaccinations to all people aged 16 and older starting April 15. The suspension of Johnson & Johnson vaccine “will not delay” the vaccination plan, nor will it affect California’s plan to fully restart the economy on June 15.
Newsom has previously said that if there are enough vaccines for everyone aged 16 and above, and the hospitalization rate remains low, California can reopen almost all areas of the economy on June 15.
At a press conference in Butte County, Newsom said: “We expect a large number of Modena and Pfizer vaccines, so California’s medium- and long-term goals have not been affected. Our communication with the White House today ensures this again.”
J&J vaccine currently accounts for only 4% of the vaccine the federal government provides to the state, Newsom said. He said that about 8,800 appointments need to be converted to Modena and Pfizer. Currently, both companies maintain normal distribution and vaccination in California.
Californians have been vaccinated with nearly 875,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the United States, this number exceeds 7.2 million.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a joint statement on the 13th, saying that the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is recommended to suspend the Johnson vaccine in view of six rare and severe thrombosis cases reported in the United States.
The New York Times reported that all 50 states in the United States quickly suspended or recommended a suspension of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, and Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, an overseas dependency, also said they would stop the vaccination.