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Story by KGW Staff, Associated Press - Story Source
Published on Thursday April 15, 2021 - 4:44 AM

 
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday asked vaccine providers across the state to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agencies are investigating rare and potentially dangerous blood clots reported in six women who received the vaccine.

One of the six women died, health officials said. All six are between the ages of 18 and 48. The CDC and FDA said the clots occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects. The other two authorized vaccines, from Moderna and Pfizer, make up the vast share of COVID-19 shots administered in the U.S. and are not affected by the pause.