J&J Vaccine halt - Public reactions and updates from health leaders

State health leaders addressed the public scare brought on by the CDC recommendation and one lady shared her reaction to learning about the 6 J&J vaccine recipients who developed blood clots.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 12:29 AM

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.

Boxes of the J and J vaccine. 4 13 21.

" 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.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 501097

Reported Deaths: 9990
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34338538
DeSoto32117403
Hinds31939628
Jackson24494382
Rankin21995390
Lee15543235
Madison14581280
Jones13851242
Forrest13453251
Lauderdale11991317
Lowndes11050188
Lamar10521135
Pearl River9533237
Lafayette8550140
Hancock7732127
Washington7438158
Oktibbeha7146131
Monroe6777177
Warren6694176
Pontotoc6664102
Neshoba6637206
Panola6531131
Marshall6467134
Bolivar6317148
Union602894
Pike5820152
Alcorn5669101
Lincoln5436135
George496879
Scott472898
Tippah469281
Prentiss467281
Leflore4658144
Itawamba4636105
Tate4588111
Adams4587119
Copiah448592
Simpson4446116
Yazoo444187
Wayne439772
Covington428894
Sunflower4239105
Marion4226108
Coahoma4160105
Leake408288
Newton381779
Grenada3707108
Stone360364
Tishomingo359792
Attala331589
Jasper329965
Winston314291
Clay308076
Chickasaw300367
Clarke292494
Calhoun279446
Holmes267987
Smith264050
Yalobusha234047
Tallahatchie228051
Greene219348
Walthall218763
Lawrence212940
Perry205556
Amite205156
Webster202946
Noxubee186740
Montgomery179656
Jefferson Davis171743
Carroll169138
Tunica159839
Benton148838
Kemper141941
Choctaw133426
Claiborne132737
Humphreys129538
Franklin120228
Quitman106428
Wilkinson105139
Jefferson94534
Sharkey64120
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 818652

Reported Deaths: 15378
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1147091924
Mobile724971336
Madison52231697
Shelby37575349
Baldwin37224549
Tuscaloosa35073612
Montgomery34092739
Lee23519246
Calhoun22221482
Morgan20910378
Etowah19816498
Marshall18338303
Houston17360412
St. Clair16034339
Cullman15406293
Limestone15328199
Elmore15186286
Lauderdale14270295
Talladega13827281
DeKalb12637261
Walker11180370
Blount10179176
Autauga9967148
Jackson9860183
Coffee9205191
Dale8884185
Colbert8840201
Tallapoosa7079198
Escambia6766132
Covington6706183
Chilton6633161
Russell635259
Franklin5959105
Chambers5607142
Marion4995126
Dallas4949200
Pike4791105
Clarke475484
Geneva4568127
Winston4507103
Lawrence4309117
Bibb424686
Barbour357576
Marengo337890
Monroe331463
Randolph329864
Butler325896
Pickens315682
Henry311966
Hale311188
Cherokee302360
Fayette292379
Washington251351
Cleburne247460
Crenshaw244875
Clay243068
Macon234163
Lamar223347
Conecuh185953
Coosa180040
Lowndes174764
Wilcox168739
Bullock151644
Perry138340
Sumter132938
Greene126644
Choctaw88227
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