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Navajo Nation Pauses Use Of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Cheryl Gerber/Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson via AP

Health officials on the Navajo Nation have paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

It follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to halt administering doses based on a very rare type of blood clot in a small number of people who received the vaccine.

Navajo officials say about 4,000 doses of the J&J vaccine had been administered on the reservation prior to the announcement and no major side effects have been reported. The J&J vaccine makes up about 1.5% of the shots given on the Navajo Nation and officials say halting its use will not have a major impact on the tribe’s vaccination plan.

The Arizona Department of Health Services and many county health departments in the state have also paused using the J&J vaccine.

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