Indiana pauses use of J&J vaccine following CDC recommendations

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health is proactively notifying all vaccination clinics using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to pause its use, including the clinic at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It comes after the CDC and FDA recommended a temporary pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state says it has not received official notification of a directive to pause but is doing so out of an abundance of caution.

The health department will be sending the two-dose Moderna vaccine to IMS, so that Hoosiers can continue to get vaccinated without interruption.

The department is also working with other clinics that were scheduled to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the immediate future.

Indiana Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver spoke about the decision from IMS in a live announcement.

“We found out this morning [about the recommendation to pause the J&J vaccine] through a joint announcement through the FDA and CDC,” said Dr. Weaver.

“We have notified all of our vaccine providers that we are going to pausing until further notice.”

Weaver said text messages were sent out beginning around 8:45 a.m. to people who had a vaccine appointment at IMS to alert them they would receive the Moderna instead of the J&J vaccine.

According to Dr. Weaver, about 95% of people who showed up at IMS for their vaccine on Tuesday morning are going ahead with the vaccination after being informed of the switch from Johnson & Johnson to Moderna.

People who get the Moderna will still have to schedule a second dose. Weaver said those details are still being worked out.

The latest vaccination clinic at IMS will run until Sunday.

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