Florida reports 6,473 new COVID-19 cases as US expects J&J vaccine decision this week

Vaccine was paused over clot concerns

FILE - In this March 3, 2021, file photo, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is held by pharmacist Madeline Acquilano at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate unusual blood clots in a small number of people given the vaccine -- a one-dose shot that many countries hoped would help speed protection against the pandemic.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
FILE - In this March 3, 2021, file photo, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is held by pharmacist Madeline Acquilano at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate unusual blood clots in a small number of people given the vaccine -- a one-dose shot that many countries hoped would help speed protection against the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. is expecting a decision on Johnson & Johnson vaccines later this week as FEMA-backed sites in Florida prepare to offer first doses of Pfizer once again, according to the Associated Press.

In several interviews, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he expects a decision when advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meet Friday to discuss the pause of J&J doses. With the anticipated continuation of J&J vaccines, it could resume possibly with restrictions or broader warnings after reports of some very rare blood clot cases, the AP reports.

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With the pause in J&J vaccines statewide, the Florida Division of Emergency Management worked with the state to fill the gap and once again offer first doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday. Earlier this month, FEMA sites switched to J&J doses to help streamline vaccinations.

The Valencia College west campus site saw a dramatic drop in vaccinations due to the halt, but officials are anticipating to vaccinate thousands starting Tuesday.

“I expect our lines will be pretty busy starting Tuesday,” Prudhom said. “We don’t have an exact count, but what we heard is it could be less than the 3,000 we were getting before, but we will have the number of available first doses on Monday.”

Orange County officials are also reporting those 18-24 years old are making up the largest increase in infections, urging the younger population to get vaccinated.

[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: As Florida sees 6,341 new COVID-19 cases, some counties work with state data to get more vaccines to areas in need ]


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