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KNAU's Morning Rundown: Tuesday, April 13

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Sedona Cancels Clinic As Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Questioned By CDC, FDA

Sedona City officials say today’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be cancelled after the Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommended a pause on administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The city, in partnership with Northern Arizona Healthcare, had planned to administer 250 shots of the one-dose vaccine. 

 

The decision comes after blood clots occurred in six women between the ages of 18 and 48 years old across the country.  More than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine have been administered nationwide, NPR reports. This is a developing story.

 

Fatal Fire To Be Investigated In Seligman Area

Coconino County officials say they responded to a fatal structure fire on Saturday at Rose Well Camp near Seligman. The fire occurred on the Boquillas Ranch after a reported explosion, spreading to a vehicle and ranch house among other structures. Officials say the County Medical Examiner, along with CCSO, are investigating both the cause of the fire and the related death. The remains have not been identified, officials said Monday.

 

Red Flag Warning, Fire Weather Watch On Tap For Northern AZ

A Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watch have been issued throughout northern Arizona due to windy conditions through Wednesday according to the National Weather Service. A fire watch is in effect for communities including Kayenta, Chinle, and Winslow; a Red Flag Warning is in effect for parts of Mohave County including Kingman and Lake Havasu City. The strongest wind gusts and most dangerous fire conditions are expected tomorrow. Forecasters say difficult driving conditions can be expected, along with potential dusty conditions in parts of northeastern Arizona. The entirety of the state remains in some form of drought — ranging from “moderate” to “severe” and “exceptional” drought, researchers say.

 

Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic Slated In Flagstaff

Coconino County health officials say a pop-up vaccination clinic will be held outside the County Health and Human Services building in Flagstaff on Thursday. The clinic will not require appointments; individuals 18 and older will be eligible to receive the Moderna vaccine at the site. A mass vaccination site will open later this month at Northern Arizona University, distributing the Pfizer vaccine to individuals 16 and older. An estimated 48.4% of the county population has been vaccinated, officials say, and more than 100,000 shots have been administered so far.

 

O’Halleran Legislation To Aid In Coal Transition

U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran introduced legislation last week that would seek to aid communities that have lost coal-industry jobs. The legislation, if passed, would allow a 10-year pilot program to train former coal-industry workers for other energy-related occupations. The law would also create a White House Council to gather data and conduct outreach concerning shuttered coal facilities. The proposal comes after the Navajo Generating Station shuttered permanently and prompted widespread job loss. O’Halleran met with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, along with Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma last week to discuss the legislation.

 

Smaller Vaccination Sites Expected Due To Less Demand In Yavapai County

Yavapai County officials say more than 54,000 residents countywide have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement comes as large mass vaccination sites in Prescott Valley, Prescott and Cottonwood plan to close next month amid a decline in demand. County Supervisor Craig Brown says vaccination efforts will now be tailored to smaller locations throughout different communities. Spectrum Healthcare has conducted multiple vaccination clinics in areas with lower population density, administering the vaccine in Jerome, Yarnell, and Congress among other locations.