The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Explained

Scores of appointments were canceled after the U.S. called for a halt on the use of the Johnson & Johnson shot. Here’s the story behind that decision.,

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The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Explained

Scores of appointments were canceled after the U.S. called for a halt on the use of the Johnson & Johnson shot. Here’s the story behind that decision.

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Federal health agencies have called for a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus shot while they examine a rare blood-clotting disorder that emerged in six women who received the vaccine.

Every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico halted their rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine almost immediately. The same went for the U.S. military, federally run vaccination sites, and stores like CVS and Walgreens.

More than seven million people in the United States have received Johnson & Johnson shots so far, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Today, the Times science writer Carl Zimmer explains the decision-making process, how long the suspension might last and the potential effects of the pause not only in the U.S. but around the world.


Carl Zimmer, a science writer and author of the “Matter” column for The New York Times.

ImageScores of vaccine appointments were canceled after U.S. officials called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson shot.
Scores of vaccine appointments were canceled after U.S. officials called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson shot.Credit…Ricardo Arduengo/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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Carl Zimmer contributed reporting.

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