Publix, Orlando-area COVID-19 vaccination sites modify operations as J&J use is paused

FEMA location switches to second doses only; all mobile events cancelled

ORLANDO, Fla. – Across Central Florida, officials at COVID-19 vaccination sites scrambled to adjust operations as federal health authorities called for a temporary pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson formula.

The move comes as six women, ages 18 to 48, reported potentially dangerous blood clots after receiving the single-dose J&J vaccine. One woman died and a second woman in Nebraska has been hospitalized in critical condition, officials said.

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More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects.

As the halt was ordered Tuesday, the FEMA vaccination site at Valencia College’s West Campus quickly switched to only providing second doses of Pfizer. The site shifted to Johnson & Johnson only for first doses earlier this month in order to streamline the process and get more people fully inoculated faster.

Nory Terrizzi went to that site Tuesday morning and was told Johnson & Johnson vaccines were not available.

She said despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration investigation, she would wait until the J&J formula is ready for use once again.

“Yeah I would do it. I don’t care. I’m healthy. I’m not even scared about the COVID. This is just a responsibility to get the vaccine,” Terrizzi said.


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