Abbott issues statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

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Gov. Greg Abbott holds a press conference (Source: Salvador Castro, ValleyCentral.com)

AUSTIN, Texas — On Tuesday Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation to stop all dispensing of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

“The State of Texas is working in tandem with the federal government and vaccine providers to temporarily pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. While no cases of blood clots have been reported in Texas, we are taking the reports of rare adverse effects seriously and are working to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines administered in our state continue to be safe and effective. I urge Texans who do experience adverse reactions, such as severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccination, to contact their health care providers or call 2-1-1 to receive a referral for a health care provider. Vaccines are a crucial tool to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and remain the most effective way to combat the virus in our communities. I continue to encourage Texans who wish to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to sign up.”

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