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Ventura, San Luis Obispo Counties Suspend Use Of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Federal health officials researching possible side effect

Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties have followed a federal recommendation to pause the use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while a possible side effect is investigated.

Officials with the FDA, and the Centers for Disease Control called for the step while they investigate reports of a half dozen women getting blood clots following the use of the vaccine.

The reactions are rare, with nearly seven million people getting the vaccine. Federal health officials want the time to investigate further to insure there isn’t an issue. They say if symptoms like severe headaches or shortness of breath develop, you should contact your medical provider. The also say if it's been more than three weeks since you've had the shot, you are clear from the concern.

In Ventura County, more than 13,000 people have received the vaccine, with no serious adverse effects reported. A popup clinic planned for the Veterans Memorial Building in Fillmore tomorrow using the J and J vaccine will still take place, but the Pfizer vaccine will be used.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.