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Central Ohio Vaccine Providers Maintain Service Despite Johnson & Johnson Pause

A nurse prepares a Moderna vaccination at a Columbus vaccine clinic.
Dan Konik
Ohio Public Radio
A nurse prepares a Moderna vaccination at a Columbus vaccine clinic.

State officials have called a halt to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least temporarily, but sites around Central Ohio will still administer the other COVID-19 vaccines that are available.

Franklin County Public Health primarily receives the Moderna vaccine and will continue to operate its clinic on Morse Road as planned. The county has received 1,300 doses of the J&J vaccine and still has about 450 doses on hand. They have no plans to use them.

Columbus Public Health will follow FDA and CDC recommendations to temporarily pause using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well. The city plans to stick with the Pfizer vaccine until the issue is resolved.

The Ohio Health hospital system hasn't received any J&J vaccine since March and plans to continue using Pfizer shots.

Ohio State had prioritized Johnson & Johnson doses for students, hoping to get them vaccinated before they leave campus for the summer in early May. The university says the Wexner Medical Center will make decisions about that vaccine based on guidance from the CDC and FDA.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.