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NYC Pausing Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Appointments Disrupted

Vaccines for measles-rubella and cervical cancer are administered at a school in Jimbaran, Indonesia. Vaccination rates have dropped during the pandemic.
Vaccines for measles-rubella and cervical cancer are administered at a school in Jimbaran, Indonesia. Vaccination rates have dropped during the pandemic.

New York City is pausing Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine doses because federal officials are looking into a rare blood clot side effect. Mayor de Blasio calls this a challenge but says it’s an example of an early warning system working.

“We believe in the effectiveness of this vaccine but obviously we take seriously any warning and it needs to be fully investigated.”

Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says this effects thousands of daily JNJ appointments.

“Where we are able to shift appointments to another type of vaccine, whether it’s Pfizer or Moderna, we will do that.

But he says many will have to be rescheduled to those brands. Also the city’s program to vaccinate homebound seniors is on hold because that only uses the JNJ vaccine.

New York City is expanding its summer school program and it will be free. Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter says the summer school program will include K through 12th grade and is open to all students, not those who are behind because of the pandemic. She says the Summer Rising program will include academic support, social and emotional learning and enrichment activities.

“Summer Rising is an opportunity for them to learn grow, play and explore the city around them from field trips to Central Park to dance class across the city.”

This will be run through a partnership between the Department of Education and community based organizations. Families can start enrolling April 26th.