J&J clinics may switch shots, reschedule after pause

HONOLULU — The state Department of Health said Tuesday vaccination clinics that were to administer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may offer the Moderna vaccine instead or reschedule.

The announcement comes after the U.S. recommended pausing using the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred six to 13 days after vaccination.

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The acting FDA commissioner said she expected the pause to last a matter of days.

Most people vaccinated in Hawaii have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, which each require two doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only needs one dose.

So far, 32% of Hawaii’s population has received at least one vaccine dose.

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The department said Hawaii has received 47,600 doses of the J&J vaccine to date. Of these, 17,808 doses have been administered.

These figures don’t include doses distributed through the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs or national retail pharmacy chains.

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