Central Florida sites to start administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine soon
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally lifted its pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the state of Florida is planning to resume use of the one-dose vaccine "as soon as possible," officials tell FOX 35 News.
"There is an ongoing interagency effort to review the guidance issued by the CDC and FDA for its use, and we are still determining what day we will resume administering it," Ian Ohlin, with the Valencia College Vaccination Clinic. "More information regarding this decision will be available soon."
The Valencia College West Campus vaccination site is still offering 3,000 daily first doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
On Saturday, Seminole County said it will resume using its supply of J&J.
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"With the CDC and FDA lifting their pause of Johnson & Johnson, Seminole County will resume usage of the vaccine for homebound vaccinations, as long as the individual consents to that vaccine. If the individual would prefer another option, Pfizer or Moderna will be offered instead."
Seminole County says its leftover J&J vaccines have been kept in the freezer during this pause. It currently has 540 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on hand.
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