TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A Lee County man who helped encourage many people to get the coronavirus vaccine said he won’t stop advocating for vaccinations. This after the CDC announced a hold on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for causing blood clots.
Robert Hall lost a best friend to the coronavirus. Despite the Johnson & Johnson pause, he said he still encourages people to fill their vaccination cards and get the other vaccines that are available.
Hall is the founder of Project Elect, an organization that works to inform the community about various topics, including vaccination. Members of Project Elect have helped many people get vaccinated, some with the Johnson & Johnson shot.
“The CDC findings on pausing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is concerning and should be concerning," said Hall.
However, Hall said he believes it’s still a good idea to get vaccinated using Moderna or Pfizer vaccines while the Johnson & Johnson shot is on hold.
I caught up with people who also shared their opinions on the Johnson & Johnson pause. One woman took the Pfizer vaccine and shared if she was concerned that side effects would emerge.
“No, I figure if they would have, they would’ve done came," said Dale Britt.
Another shared if he thought the pause would cause hesitancy among all coronavirus vaccines.
“Well that's always, it’ll always be some with doubt," said Alonzo Jones. "I would say, perhaps a small amount but not majority.”
Hall said he will continue to encourage people to get vaccinated and trust the CDC’s guidance.
“We take a lot of medications every day that’s prescribed by the medical professions and others and all of it we have side effects," said Hall. "If you read it, there’s a lot of things that could cause serious illness or death.”
Dr. Fauci encouraged people who’ve recently received the vaccine to look out for symptoms that include shortness of breath and chest discomfort.