CSAC Bulletin Article

One Vaccine Pulled as State’s Allocations of Doses Declines

April 15, 2021

Late last week Californians learned that the number of vaccine doses coming to the state would decline by at least 33 percent. On the heels of that news, it was announced today that California will temporarily halt the administration of the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine due to concerns about blood clots in a tiny percentage of recipients.

The state asked local health jurisdictions to immediately pause the distribution of all Johnson and Johnson vaccines while the CDC and FDA review the safety of the formula. According to the CDC, of the over 6.8 million doses administered nationally, there have been six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot with symptoms occurring six to 13 days after vaccination. 

In California, nearly 900,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been administered and providers report having about a million doses on hand. California had received more than 570,000 doses from the manufacturer last week but was expected far fewer doses this week, about 67,000. Any doses now must be held pending further federal guidance. 

View the full joint CDC and FDA statement on halting Johnson and Johnson vaccine here.


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