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Governor: Florida pausing use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

FILE PHOTO: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up a flyer for a public service campaign as he...
FILE PHOTO: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up a flyer for a public service campaign as he speaks during a news conference, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the Broward Health Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)(Wilfredo Lee | AP)
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 10:27 AM CDT
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida is temporarily suspending Johnson & Johnson vaccinations because a half-dozen people developed blood clots after getting the shot.

During a news conference on Tuesday, DeSantis says Florida will follow recommendations for a pause from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while safety issues are examined.

The governor says he’s one of the 6.8 million people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and he’s felt no ill effects other than a temporarily sore arm.

Meantime, Orange County officials plan to relax some COVID-19 restrictions now that more than a fourth of residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

You can watch the press conference in which DeSantis made this announcement at this link or below. He speaks on the issue around the 11-minute mark in the video.

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