‘The appropriate thing to do’: DeSantis pauses Florida’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he doesn’t think the pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be a huge issue in the state’s vaccination efforts.

DeSantis said he thinks there will still be plenty of vaccines with Moderna and Pfizer for people still waiting to get a shot.

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The state was only supposed to get 37,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week because of an issue at the company’s Baltimore plant.

DeSantis told Floridians on Tuesday that there is no need to “freak out” over the news the CDC and FDA were recommending but he will pull it here anyway.

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“I don’t think people should be worried who have already had it, who haven’t had any effects. I think it’s likely going to be very effective for you,” DeSantis said. “But given that they’re doing it, yeah, we feel that that’s the appropriate thing to do.”

The CDC and FDA will review the cases on Wednesday and they expect the pause to happen just for a few days.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he doesn’t think the pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be a huge issue in the state’s vaccination efforts.

READ: J&J vaccine pause: What should you do if you’ve already gotten the vaccine

DeSantis said he thinks there will still be plenty of vaccines with Moderna and Pfizer for people still waiting to get a shot.

The state was only supposed to get 37,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week because of an issue at the company’s Baltimore plant.

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DeSantis told Floridians on Tuesday that there is no need to “freak out” over the news the CDC and FDA were recommending but he will pull it here anyway.

“I don’t think people should be worried who have already had it, who haven’t had any effects. I think it’s likely going to be very effective for you,” DeSantis said. “But given that they’re doing it, yeah, we feel that that’s the appropriate thing to do.”

The CDC and FDA will review the cases on Wednesday and they expect the pause to happen just for a few days.

Shannon Butler, WFTV.com

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.