JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi and Alabama are halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts. More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said, “MSDH is instructing all physicians, clinics and hospitals to refrain from using Johnson and Johnson until additional guidance available from CDC/FD.”
Dobbs said more than 38,000 doses of the J&J vaccine have been given in Mississippi.
He said those who have received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine should not be worried.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said her state will temporarily pause the administering of the J&J vaccine in Alabama.
"COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for Alabama," she said Tuesday. "It is important to know that the adverse effects potentially stemming from the Johnson & Johnson shot have been extremely rare in the country, but out of an abundance of caution, Alabama is temporarily pausing these shots until we know more. I commend [state health officer] Dr. [Scott] Harris for taking this swift step in our state so that we can continue moving forward, getting shots in the arms and putting COVID-19 behind us once and for all."