Texas pausing administration of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after federal recommendation

Status of J&J shipments in other counties
Status of J&J shipments in other counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Administration of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is being paused in Texas, following a recommendation from federal health agencies.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that state officials are working with federal officials to temporarily stop doses of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine from being administered.

The move comes after officials at federal health and drug agencies recommended the stoppage while they investigate reports of blood clots in people who have received the shot. Nationwide, six people have suffered rare clots.

Abbott said no cases of blood clots associated with the vaccine have been reported in Texas.

“I urge Texans who do experience adverse reactions, such as severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, to contact their health care providers or call 2-1-1 to receive a referral for a health care provider,” Abbott said.

Abbott said vaccines are a crucial tool in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

“I continue to encourage Texans who wish to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to sign up,” Abbott said.

Health officials in both Houston and Harris County said they are also halting the administration of the J&J vaccine.

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Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.