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Governor DeSantis plans to halt use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Governor DeSantis announced during a press conference that he will follow the CDC and FDA’S recommendations to halt all use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine across the state.

DeSantis recently received the J&J shot himself and does not want other Floridians to worry if they’ve already received it, especially if, so far, they haven’t experienced side effects.

“We’re following the recommendation to pause in the meantime, we’ll look closely at what they end up saying and doing, my hope is this is something that is a speed bump,” said DeSantis. He is going to continue to follow federal guidance on the use of the J&J vaccine.

“I don’t think people should be freaking out because if you look at it, I think they’ve done between 7-10 million shots in of J&J in the US. And they’ve identified six, there’s probably more because you haven’t identified them all, but it’s still probably a very small number and you also have to balance that with how many people are alive today because they have the J&J vaccine?” the Governor said.

The Governor also mentioned that he isn’t worried about the impacts this halt may have on the state’s vaccine supply.

He believes it is because the production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has already decreased. And, within the next week, Florida was set to receive the lowest number of J&J shots that we’ve ever had.

DeSantis hopes he will soon have more to share with Floridians as the CDC and FDA continue with their research.

Reporter:Sydney Persing
Writer:Drew Hill
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