TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers addressed the public in a virtual press conference on Tuesday after the CDC recommendation to halt administering the Johnson and Johnson one-shot coronavirus vaccine.
The recommendation came after the discovery of blood clots in 6 female vaccine recipients.
" Right now the risk seems to be extremely rare, it seems like its going to be less than 1 in a million," Dobbs said.
"This is strictly with the Johnson and Johnson - we are asking providers to pause the administration of that vaccine," Byers said.
Betty Taylor of Tupelo said she didn't want to get a coronavirus vaccine, but her mind changed.
"I was kinda coached into getting one," Taylor said.
She got a shot, but it was not Johnson and Johnson.
"Everybody told me I needed one because I have COPD, and they said I really need it, so ok. I got one yesterday," Taylor said. "I gotta go back in three weeks."
She said she was certain about which of the vaccines she wanted to avoid, even before the news of the six people with blood clots came out.
"No, I've done a little study on that one, heard a man on TV, and no. I don't want that one. I made sure I didn't get that one."
" The majority of those have been administered in the clinic setting but we have also distributed doses out to hospitals, we've sent them out to corrections, pharmacies in the state, MSDH events," Byers said.
For now, places that we talked to with the J&J vaccines are holding them until they find out what to do next.