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Michigan pauses use of J&J vaccine


Michigan is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

   That’s after federal health officials recommended a pause across the country Tuesday morning after six reported cases of blood clots in women who got the J&J vaccine. That’s out of almost 7 million people in the US who received the Johnson and Johnson shot.

   Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s spokesperson said in a statement the state will pause J and J doses – quote “out of an abundance of caution.” At the same time, the governor has said Michigan needs more vaccines to help slow a third COVID surge. The Biden administration has refused to up the dosages allocated to the Michigan, which currently leads the nation in cases per capita.

   The statement also said the state will “adapt” Michigan’s vaccine strategy, but Whitmer’s office offered no details on what that means.