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Metro Detroit residents scheduled for Johnson & Johnson vaccine react to sudden pause

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DETROIT – In Detroit, the neighborhood vaccination program was developed around the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine.

“I’m shocked because we’ve waited since eight o’clock and they said so, and we’re seeing these reports that they were pausing Johnson & Johnson recording,” said Torrie Hobbs, a Metro Detroit resident.

Hobbs was frustrated and upset when she arrived with her daughter to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“My daughter is here from college and that was the reason I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because it’s a shot,” Hobbs said.

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This is the main reason they signed up for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. On Tuesday, she found out that the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a temporary break while they examined the shot more closely.

This is because six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot that form in people after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been discovered in the United States.

Meanwhile, those earmarked for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Philip Randolph Career Tech Center on the west side of Detroit had an opportunity to receive another vaccine.

While it is an inconvenience, some say they are more safe than sorry.

“I think it’s a nice change of pace for some people because the vaccine, I think, might hurt some people just because of what’s in it, as well as the chemicals and everything,” said Drake Clark, a Metro Detroit resident .

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“I mean, that’s just as good. I just want to be safe, you know what I mean, ”said Keith Byers.

Audrey Odom, another Metro Detroit resident, said she really didn’t want the Johnson & Johnson vaccine but chose to go that route because it only involves one dose.

Odom has said for weeks she was going back and forth to get a vaccine but finally made up her mind when COVID-19 hit her family.

“I have a granddaughter who had it about two weeks ago. So I said well, I thought it was going to wear off somehow, ”she said.

Only recently did she opt for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“When they finally got on the phone, they said, oh yeah, we’re doing Johnson & Johnson and you can get it tomorrow,” Odom said.

However, on Tuesday she found that the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recommended the temporary break.

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“Apparently they had problems with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and since I was here I just got on with Moderna because I realized it was not just for myself but for others as well,” Odom said.

The hiatus forced several cities in our area to react like Warren.

“I’m sorry this happened, but I agree that we’d better suspend the distribution and use a different vaccine that seems 100 percent safe,” said Mayor Jim Fouts.

The city of Livonia, which planned to give residents the vaccine soon, issued a statement in response to the hiatus.

Read more: Livonia vaccination appointments canceled for Friday April 16

“Due to the current CDC hiatus in Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine administration, there are some updates to the upcoming dates for Vaccinate Livonia. Dates previously scheduled for Wednesday April 14th will continue on schedule, with the Pfizer vaccine being administered by Livonia Fire & Rescue. Appointments for the second dose are automatically scheduled three weeks after a person’s first dose appointment at the same time. Individuals with first dose appointments on April 14th will return to Livonia Senior Center for their second dose appointment on May 5th. The scheduled dates for vaccinated Livonia for Friday, April 16, will be due to supply shortages, the Johnson & Johnson vaccination break. Those with appointments for that day will be contacted by email with information on vaccination and planning options. “

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