Vaccines continue to roll out, J&J “paused”

SETH DUKES

Newsroom Coordinator


Vaccines for COVID-19 are continuing to roll out across the nation and state.

Currently, Save Rite Drugs, Kroger, and Walgreens are vaccination sites for Meade Countians. The Lincoln Trail District Health Department has also hosted numerous vaccination clinics, including an upcoming clinic today in Meade and Washington Counties.

However, the state’s shipment of Johnson and Johnson vaccine decreased by 78 percent, and the government has recommended a “pause” in administering the vaccine from this distributor. This is due to a statement from the CDC and the FDA that says they are investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred after their vaccination.

“Right now, the adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” the statement says. “COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.”

More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S.

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear said that once 2.5 million Kentuckians have been vaccinated, the state will remove most capacity restrictions. He estimated that, as of Monday, 1.6 million Kentuckians had received their first dose of the vaccine.

As of April 12, Meade County has 2,033 total cases of COVID-19. Of those, 29 are active, 2,141 have recovered, 36 have died, and 4 are new.

For more information on how to get vaccinated, visit vaccine.ky.gov or call 800-722-5725.

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