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New York City and state sites were to immediately begin using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine again, officials said Saturday.
The use of the one-shot J&J vaccine was to resume for the city’s mobile, pop-up, and homebound vaccination programs, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The announcement came one day after the US Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration gave the go ahead to start dispensing the vaccine, which was linked to a small number of blood clots in recipients.
The use of the J&J vaccine was stopped April 13 to evaluate the risks. Fifteen women, most under 50, were found to have developed the clots and three died.
Federal officials found the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the small risk factor.
“I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine along with our Health Commissioner Dr. Chokshi. We know firsthand that the vaccine is safe and effective, and now it’s easier than ever to get your shot,” de Blasio said.
The city Department of Health could not immediately say at which sites the J&J vaccine was offered Saturday. Some providers were first going to use up their allocation of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, which were substituted for J&J while that shot was paused.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday morning that the state “will resume administration of this vaccine at all of our state-run sites effective immediately.”
But there was none of the one-shot vaccine at the Javits Center Saturday morning.
“We know it’s coming back, but we haven’t been given direction,” said Ed Shevlin, a spokesman for the site.
The state’s vaccine appointment site showed only the Pfizer vaccine was available as of Saturday afternoon at all hubs across New York.
Manhattan resident Kristen McCormick, 27, was at Javits to get her second shot of Pfizer Saturday. She said she didn’t care which vaccine she received.
“I’ll get as many shots as needed,” she said.
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