DOH urges inoculations despite pause in J&J vaccine distribution

FILE - In this March 26, 2021, file photo, a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site setup at a Salvation Army location in Philadelphia. U.S. health regulators on Tuesday, April 13, is recommending a “pause” in using the vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)


The state Department of Health temporarily suspended the use of the Johnson &Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration began looking into reports of a potentially serious side effect.