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US and Wisconsin Officials Halt Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)-- The FDA and CDC have recommended the United States to pause the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

State officials announcing that they are following suit for multiple reasons.

"This action is really focused on increasing safety, on making sure we know how many of these cases are actually out in the nation, and then about empowering out healthcare providers to do really good diagnostics and treatment," said Julie Willems Van Dijk, Deputy Secretary of Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Officials say that the pause is evidence of safety protocols working, and if you got the shot there's a few things you should know.

"If it was over a month ago don't worry about anything because these symptoms seem to happen in the one to two to three week period it does not seem to occur later in the course of the post-vaccine era," Van Dijk said.

Those who had the Johnson and Johnson vaccine scheduled will now have to look elsewhere.

Multiple counties and hospitals are coming up with solutions for those who did have an appointment scheduled.

"Locally we're going to substitute the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for areas in which we would've given the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Until we get further guidance from the FDA, we've sequestered all of our Johnson and Johnson vaccine but we have alternatives available," said Dr. Steven Phillipson, Director of Hospital Medicine at Aspirus Hospital.

Vaccinations have been increasing every week, however, state health officials say they don't think this will have too much of a set back.

This week the state only allocated around 10-thousand doses and only 3-thousand next week.

"It takes a piece out of the arsenal, a small piece but, we'll wait and see and can hopefully get something back in the near future," said Gov. Tony Evers.

Health officials say people should look at this as a good sign. Saying that safety is top priority and the vaccines are being closely monitored.

They're still advising people to get vaccinated when they can.

Bobby Falat

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